Betsy DeVos is going to be the Secretary of Education in the Trump government. This will herald a new era in the American education system. It is not very clear what all changes will be coming in. But Betsy DeVos has always been concerned about the declining standards in education. She is already quite vocal about her views on the privatization of school education. All this will lead to developing new technologies over her tenure for the next four years.
It is already evident to all that higher education is becoming lesser accessible with each passing year. One of the reasons is its escalating costs. Besides, the tuition fee is rising at about 7-8 percent annually.
There had been a gathering at the White House to discuss this issue. It had innovative leaders as well as top organizations in education. They met to discuss solutions about these high costs in the American education system. Each of these attendees had been hand-picked by education advisors of Obama as well as from the Department of Education.
It became clear that the American education system is dependent on education technology companies as well as nonprofits that can create scalable and sustainable solutions. Betsy DeVos is aligned to the same philosophies. She suggests opening the education industry to all those entrepreneurs who wish to innovate through technological breakthroughs. She intends to guarantee education for all. This would require a strategic balance between education technology companies and a public education system that is highly stable. Read more news on nytimes.com.
In addition to her vision with regard to higher education, Betsy DeVos is a major proponent of school choice as well as vouchers. This means offering financial assistance to parents whose children are attending private or charter schools and not the public ones.
The school voucher systems are intended for providing vouchers specifically to the disadvantaged students. Betsy DeVos feels that public education should receive lesser federal support. Also, the onus will be more on education technology startups as well as nonprofits for defending besides improving this state of education.
Betsy DeVos and her husband have been fighting for this cause for over 20 years. They have themselves attended private schools, and so have their children. In the same way, Betsy DeVos would like each family to have this kind of “educational choice.”
Betsy DeVos has expressed support for vouchers, private schooling, charter schools, besides homeschooling. Another area is “digital learning.” All these are the viable options under the choice for education.
Do note that the efforts of Betsy DeVos are motivated by her religious beliefs too. She wants to change the way we approach the system of education in America. Her efforts are highly organized as well as strategic.
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