Betsy DeVos: Individualizing Education

Simply because Betsy DeVos is a successful heir does not mean that she does not understand how hard it is to make decisions that will impact the future of her children. Every parent frets over what is best for their children and what kind of adult they’re gonna grow into. They want the very best for their children, but sometimes when it comes to their education it feels as though they are handcuffed to the public school that services their community. What are they supposed to do when that public school begins hemorrhaging funds and teachers? They are stuck there and they feel as though there is nothing that they can do to change their situation. In many instances, parents don’t know that there are other options available to them. They believe that the only way that they can get out of such a situation is through private school or moving. That is not always the case, DeVos mentioned in a recent interview with the online Journal Philanthropy Roundtable. Parents can find affordable options that align with their budgetary needs and still offer their children a better future.

 

Michigan is one of the leading states for school choice. It is no coincidence that Betsy DeVos hails from this forward-thinking state. She has been an outspoken philanthropist and advocate for a functioning school choice system within that state. While her plans do call for a diversion of funds to the school choice systems, it is not intended to starve out the public-school system. The problem is that the public-school system has reached a point of complacency. They do not feel challenged to keep their current student population because the attendance for their institution is based on geography and is somewhat mandatory. DeVos believes that if the public schools were challenged they would be more open to the necessary changes that would help resolve a lot of the issues that students face. States such as Indiana, Louisiana, and Florida are already passing legislation that will support more school choice programming.

 

So, what does this mean for parents? Well, parents should become more informed as to which type of options are available to them. Regardless of where parents are located they always have the option of enrolling their children in an online institution. This will allow them to act as a step in for other teachers within the child’s environment and take on a more supportive role in the education process. Students will see that the material is shown at a pace that is easier for them to maintain. Another advantage of an online institution is that parents can match the material to their children’s learning style and hopefully increase the marks that their children receive. It is easier to learn something when it is presented to you in a style that you find thrilling or entertaining. Visual learners can learn visually, and auditory learners can hear the material, while those students that need a more hands-on approach can work with their parents on specific examples. DeVos is not looking to kill the system with change, but to individualize it.

 

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