If you have been paying attention to politics over the past two years, stemming from the 2016 Presidential Election, you know doubt know just how bitter and partisan the political scene has become. In truth, we are more divided as a nation than ever and that holds true all the way back until you hit the Civil War. With that being said, there are still reasons for optimism in the political world because there are still good people out there trying to make good things happen. Betsy DeVos is the newest Secretary of Education and she has made it her life’s goal, literally, to accomplish education reform throughout the United States so that no child has to be forced into a curriculum that does them no favors. Let’s learn more about DeVos and her ideas regarding school choice.
Betsy DeVos was born in Holland, MI to a wealthy family and she had the option early on in life to take it easy and follow her family’s footsteps. Instead of relaxing into the role expected of her, Betsy DeVos would immediately seek out higher education as soon as it was possible. She sharpened her political mind at Calvin College by taking in the works of Milton Friedman, a prominent writer who has contributed plenty of different concepts that have since been adopted by conservative-leaning individuals. For Betsy DeVos, no work was more important than Friedman’s thoughts on The Role Of Government In Education.
Like most conservatives, Betsy DeVos understands that the federal government will be involved with public life to a certain extent. Like all conservatives, DeVos believes that the government can prosper most when individuals are granted the most rights and freedom from government oversight. DeVos has since championed a concept known as school choice and the core of the idea is that parents should be able to choose where their children get an education without being punished.
As our readers no doubt understand, we all pay into taxes that go toward supporting public schools. Yet, for parents who do not have children attending public schools, why are you paying into that system? School choice argues for federal funds to be spread around to other schooling institutions such as charter schools, private schools, and religious schools. With school choice implement, parents will be able to send their children to the educational facilities that most suit them without being punished for it in the form of taxes.
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