Betsy DeVos: A Determined and Resilient Champion of Educational Reform

Adversity is a fundamental and even essential part of the human experience. It’s the losses in life that prepare and teach people how to better tackle the challenges they encounter later on. Those stinging defeats will ultimately make the future triumphs as sweet as they can possibly be.

 

 

Though born into the wealthy Prince family and married to business tycoon Dick DeVos, Betsy DeVos has been no stranger to adversity herself. Such is what happens when one adopts a firm belief that reform is needed in the United States’ educational system even in the face of many opponents.

 

 

Still, DeVos has held firmly to her convictions throughout most of her time in the public spotlight and that is not expected to change anytime soon.

 

An Earlier Defeat Inspires Action

To further illustrate the resilience of Mrs. DeVos, it is worth going back to an earlier conversation she had with The Philosophy Roundtable.

 

 

During the interview, DeVos was asked about how she became involved in the movement calling for changes to the American educational system.

 

 

Back in the 1990s, DeVos served on two charitable organizations that shared the common goal of expanding educational choices presented to American families with the aid of tax credits and vouchers. DeVos and her husband got even more involved in the cause of furthering educational choice when they helped push through a charter school bill in the state of Michigan.

 

 

That triumph encouraged them to push even more for educational reform in the state. Years after that bill passed in the state, DeVos and her husband championed an amendment to the state’s constitution that would allow tax credit scholarships and vouchers.

 

 

However, the fate of the amendment would prove different from what happened to the charter school bill. The proposed amendment ultimately failed.

 

 

Instead of standing idly by, DeVos chose to take action in the wake of her defeat. She responded by forming a political action committee that was focused on pushing for educational reform in Michigan.

 

 

That committee, known as the Great Lakes Education Project, made a huge difference in the state.

 

 

Beyond that, they have also put their own money behind the cause of educational reform. According to this earlier article from MLive, Mr and Mrs. DeVos donated more than $3 million to educational causes in 2015 alone. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation also awarded $357,000 to groups that were pushing for educational reform that same year.

 

Remaining Resilient under a Brighter Spotlight

Since being appointed to the position of Education Secretary, many critics have openly questioned DeVos’ credentials and whether she is truly qualified to hold her current position in the Trump Administration.

 

 

DeVos has chosen to take those criticisms in stride however and she continues to work on ways to push education reform. Not long after she was confirmed as the Secretary of Education, DeVos called on the leaders of teachers’ unions, per this report from The New York Times.

 

 

Just like everyone else, DeVos has endured her share of rough patches in life. Still, she continues to press forward and she will not stop until she accomplishes her goal of changing the American educational system for the better.

 

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