Education Philanthropist Betsy DeVos
It is no simple task to reform the education system that is implemented in current times, mainly due to the fact that the schools are run by the government. If the schools were privately owned with competition with other privately owned schools then basic economics would improve the school system. When parents and students have more choice in schools then this will ensure that the education being provided will be more honed for the student’s individual needs rather than a generalized method of teaching. Also, with teacher unions making it nearly impossible to fire teachers who are under-performing, the quality of education being provided is not the primary incentive for teachers to ensure they are doing their job at the utmost capability.Betsy DeVos has been a life long advocate in education reform for the nation and she now is in a position to make some really necessary changes on a grander scale than before. DeVos has always felt the reform movement was increasing in momentum in recent years and now she can reinforce that movement so that there is at least no downward stride in the popularity behind more school choice.
One inspirational incident that led for DeVos’ contributions to the reform movement was when she and her husband, Dick DeVos, were looking for schools for their own children and they happened across Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI. This particular private school was providing great education for low-income families and DeVos’ admired the level of determination of the parents to ensure that their children were getting appropriate education as well as being safe and cared for. After learning of the struggles these families faced to have access to the same quality of education the DeVos’ could have easily afforded, DeVos’ then began supporting several students for the tuition cost of the school which gradually built itself into the significant generosity she provides to the school currently.
It was the interactions with this school that empowered DeVos’ to fight for what she thinks that every American deserves in education, the access to quality education of the parent’s choice and not mandated by government on how to perform better, but rather by the natural competitive market of private schools. If tuition was not guaranteed and had to be sought for so that the school stays operating than that alone will improve the school system by increasing the quality of teachers and faculty to ensure students are getting the best education. Giving the power back to the family in school decisions is one of the strongest ways to enact school reform, and also one of the more obvious, but that doesn’t mean that matters will change over night.