On both side of the aisle, there has been an increasing interest in the concept of school choice among younger school-aged children. While originally considered a Republican ideal, there are more Democrats who have become open to the idea of school choice. It is because of this that Betsy DeVos believes that her campaign to increase awareness of the school choice market will also solidify an age of unification when it comes to educational standards. She wants what is best for the American youth, which is something that has been expressed by both Republicans and Democrats.
In fact, as the education system continues to decline on a global scale, more people from both parties have expressed the desire to overhaul the system. The problem, Betsy DeVos tells Philanthropy Roundtable, is that the public-school system has not been challenged for many years. They’ve reached a state of complacency and they do not work to change, simply to maintain. While this may get them by when it comes to their student populations, it’s not going to be a good exercise for increasing the overall performance of the national education system. The international partnerships and collaborations present within the school system have only served to show how far behind American schoolchildren have become. Betsy DeVos believes that the only answer to this problem is to increase funding and attendance into school choice programs.
One of the major themes of the public-school system is that their student population is virtually ensured. They do not have to worry about students choosing to go other places, because most parents do not understand that there is a choice available to them. Because of this they sometimes operate in substandard ways, simply working to get by. By introducing a little bit of capitalism into the education system, public school systems will feel the squeeze to do better and attract more talent to their schools. In another way, these school choice systems will allow students to have access to better educational standards because they have worked hard to attract different students. In essence, the public-school system has a monopoly on education.
Philanthropy Roundtable wanted to discuss some of the reasons that Betsy DeVos believes that this type of program will help save the education system. Betsy DeVos explains that on many occasions she had been exposed to parents who would do anything to provide their children with better education, it was then that she understands how important these problems had become. Now, she has become a major advocate for school choice and her home state of Michigan is one of the biggest proponents of these type of programs. She has seen other states like Louisiana, Florida, and Illinois follow suit and remains encouraged that this will be a continuing pattern in the future. Parents will find that the options available to them through the school choice system will give them a greater control over their children’s future, something that is the most important to Betsy DeVos and her dedicated staff.
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