Equaling the Educational Playfield and Striving for Educational Quality for Everyone: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos didn’t start out with the reform agenda she now advocates today as the new Secretary of Education. It was her experiences as a mom and as advocate for low income families in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area that spurred the interest in education reform. She noticed that many of the students she met didn’t have the same opportunities that her children had in school.

When DeVos talked to the parents of these students she realized that many desired quality education for their children. The tuition at quality schools was way out of reach. The parents also expressed their feelings that the public educational system failed their children. DeVos wanted to help these parents out of their financial situations and give them freedom to choose schools. DeVos started researching possibilities and learned about school choice.

School choice has been around for centuries in one form or another. Compulsory education and the public school system only have been around since the 1840s. When it was first implemented public compulsory education targeted low and middle class families that couldn’t afford to send their students to school. In other words compulsory education allowed children who didn’t have access to education opportunity to have it without cost. It was and still is a good way to get a basic education. Check this related article from nypost.com.

Unfortunately the quality of education decreased over the years due to a variety of factors. Students who lived in an increasingly urban area suffered the most. Betsy DeVos realized this while working with low income families in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She understood from talking with parents and from the input she received that the educational play field was lopsided against students that come from low income and urban areas.

It was her philosophy from then on to provide accessibility to those students to excel in the school of their choice. She understood then that educational reform needed to move forward to give student opportunities they couldn’t have in the public school system.

It has been an important component for DeVos to equalize the educational playfield by opening up new educational opportunities for everyone. She knew that giving control of their child’s education back to their parents would enhance educational opportunities.

DeVos hopes that the educational reform agenda that she touts will resonate with parents of school age students across the country. She believes that quality educational choices shouldn’t be hampered by where the child lives. New technological advances and the advent of cyber schools make it even easier for children to get a quality education no matter where they live. DeVos feels that students and their parents should have every opportunity to get the education they deserve. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.

Dick And Betsy DeVos Have A Passion For Helping People

There are many people who give to worthwhile causes. In the world today, there are many causes that people want to help with by providing financial support and personal time. In many ways, philanthropy has become an aspect of society where people are recognized for their giving.

 

The people who give provide financial support at various levels. Some people give maybe ten or twenty dollars while there are others who give thousands of dollars. For the people who are financially independent and have enormous wealth, there are people who give millions of dollars. The amount of money giving to help with causes, people in need, or other situations is based on multiple things. The main aspect that should be taken from philanthropy is that people give to help where they feel help is needed.

 

There are no specific causes that people give to regarding financial support. People tend to give to the causes that are important to them personally or professionally. Sometimes people will give to causes outside of their own interest, but the idea of giving to help others has always been done to some degree for generations.

 

However, in current times, what people give has become more public. There are a variety of reasons for giving becoming more public. One of the main reasons is because of the modern times that people live in where it is easier to find out information and provide it to others.

 

An individual who has given millions of dollars to causes, organizations, and charities over the years is Dick DeVos. Along with his wife Betsy DeVos, the two have given close to 140 millions dollars to various causes, charities, and organizations. One of the primary areas of interest that Dick and Betsy DeVos have regarding philanthropy is education.

 

They both have a strong desire to help change the public education system because they feel that the system is lacking in numerous ways. Some of their giving efforts have been towards academic scholarships, building schools, and supporting organizations that want to improve the education system through the use of vouchers and similar methods.

 

I think that Dick DeVos gives from the heart concerning his philanthropy efforts. He has been able to earn a significant amount of money in his lifetime and along with his family fortune, the amount of money available to him provides the opportunity to help people in many ways.

 

Dick DeVos has an impressive professional resume. He has accomplished a lot in his career. He has held executive positions at Amway and the Orlando Magic. He is currently the President of the Windquest Group. Dick DeVos is known as an exceptional leader who understands teamwork and how to get positive results. While holding high executive positions in numerous companies, Dick DeVos has always improved the performance of the companies under his leadership.