If you were to sit down across the table from Betsy DeVos, the newest Secretary of Education of the United States, you would find her to be incredibly sharp and extremely capable of having a conversation. Despite her calm demeanor and soft-spoken words, Betsy DeVos has proven herself over the past thirty years to be something of a mover and shaker within the political world. While DeVos is largely new to politics on a broad scale, she has spent the majority of her life working toward enacting real change in the communities around her. With that being said, what makes Betsy DeVos so uniquely qualified to lead President Donald Trump’s Department of Education? It’ll be tough to capture her core message and life story in a short message, but let us give it a shot.
Betsy DeVos was born in a small Dutch community in Holland, Michigan. Growing up, DeVos was lucky to be born into a loving family that was built around the core tentpoles of family, faith, and freedom. Betsy DeVos was born into a wealthy family with her brother running a huge security firm and her father running his own massive business. Instead of resting on her laurels and allowing life to pass her by in luxury, DeVos instead opted to pursue a higher education and turn toward trying to manufacture real change in the world. DeVos would go on to attend Calvin College and it was there that she sharpened her mind into the powerful tool of change that it is today.
While attending Calvin College, DeVos would become intimately familiar with the writings of Milton Friedman. Friedman penned many works over fifty years ago that argued against the role of government intervention in education. DeVos would take his writing and she would put it into the foundation of the change she would seek to pass in Michigan. DeVos would take from Friedman’s core message and with it she would popularize the concept of school choice. School choice, which argues for more freedom in private educational facilities, has since become the foundation of conservative education reform. Reform is the key-word in the prior sentence as DeVos considers herself a Reformer at heart. Over the past thirty years, DeVos would work to instill school choice in as many states as possible and this work would put her on the map of President Donald Trump.
In Washington D.C., Betsy DeVos is going to have to deal with many of the issues that plague first-time politicians. While DeVos has plenty of experience at the state level, having run several charities, she is heading to Washington D.C. for the first time ever. Still, if the Washington ‘swamp’ thinks that it can take advantage of DeVos’ lack of experience, they are in for a rude awakening. Betsy DeVos crafted a reputation in Michigan as someone to be feared and to be respected and now she is going to be sending that same message to politicians on both sides of the political aisle in her role atop the Department of Education.
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