I admire people who see problems as opportunities. When a person sees the educational system in America, they might at first see the problems. However, for some of us, on closer inspection those problems become opportunities! Betsy DeVos, the current Secretary of Education, is such a person. Her career is highlighted by major philanthropic works, limitless thinking, and fearless steps towards the educational reforms which she values.
Growing up in the home of a public school teacher mother must have started Betsy’s interest in education at a young age. After college, as a mother herself, Betsy and her husband Dick faced decisions about sending their children to school. The Potter’s House Christian School was the couple’s choice for their own children, but as they spent more time at the school they saw that many low income families who appreciated the great education provided by the school were stressed by the tuition costs. Dick and Betsy began an effort to support individual student’s tuition costs, and their work did not stop there. The Devoses went on to promote choice in education in many other ways. Read more on Cleveland.com
Within her own home state, Michigan, Betsy became involved with politics surrounding educational reform. Soon she widened her scope beyond Michigan, and helped form the American Federation for Children, a charity which gives voice to children’s educational needs nation-wide.
Her activities as a philanthropist are just as bright as her activities on the educational reform front. She has served on many boards and gives generously to the causes and organizations which she supports. Once again, I am stunned by her alignment. She is a woman who walks the walk! She started out by serving on the board of two national charities: American Education Reform Council, and Children First America. She is now involved with Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She and her husband formed the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.
Betsy DeVos fearlessly advocated for change in the educational system of America. I see new choices sprouting up for parent’s across the country, including digital options which are sure to grow in the coming years. It is no longer a given that your child must go to a specific school building due to where you live! Thanks to Betsy and others advocating for equal opportunity and greater freedom, more and more Americans can make choices about the education that their children receive. I appreciate the way her personal values, actions and career all align so well. What she wanted for her children, she wanted for the entire nation: a happy, nurturing school; an inspired place to learn.