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Betsy DeVos: Pushing for Success in Education in the Future

Imagine that you’re sitting in a room and did the instructor is going over some material that you don’t quite understand. Maybe you tuned out for a moment or maybe you don’t understand the way that she is laying out the material. The main issue is that you have fallen behind your peers. This can cause you a severe amount of anxiety as you struggle to catch up or you tune out completely for the rest of the lesson. Perhaps you tell yourself that you will study material when you get home but even then, you don’t feel as though you completely grasp the material. Unfortunately, this is the state of the public school system. Children are in large classrooms with the fast-paced material. Instead of feeling empowered to ask questions and get the one on one attention that they need, students willingly chose to fall behind their peers. In addition to feeling frustrated, it can be embarrassing to openly admit that you are not up to speed on the topic.

 

Betsy DeVos has understood this problem the in the public school system for a long time. She explains in an interview with Philanthropy Roundtable that while students are being educated in these systems they are not learning anything. This is one of the reasons that parents should be awakened to the additional options that are available to students beyond these systems. She has gone on the record as supporting charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling efforts. These methods provide students with the chance to obtain a one-on-one education. This education style will not only help student grasp material but it will alert teachers to potential problems with materials much sooner than the public school model.

 

While Betsy DeVos takes some interest in the public school system in her current role, she will always hold a special place for private institutions. In fact, she recently took a trip to Florida with many public figures to explore the SLAM! Charter school located in Florida. This charter school is dedicated toward the education of girls in lower income areas. Betsy DeVos believes that charter schools could be a good solution for many students it may not be able to afford private education. Her hope is that parents will express more of a desire to educate their children through alternative methods. Once children are in these different types of education institutions the word-of-mouth phenomena will allow these parents to educate their peers. For Betsy DeVos, the future is truly contingent on the way that children are being educated today. She wants to help solidify the United States as a center for knowledge and education. Not only do the children of America deserve it, but they need it to be successful in the future.

 

Visit www.betsydevos.com to learn more.