DeVos Offers a New Vision of Education at Summit

DeVos was in Salt Lake City on May 9th for the annual ASU+GSV Technology Summit. She spent the day visiting the Granite Technical Institute, part of the Utah’s innovative “Pathways Program,” which is meant to prepare students to enter the workplace with the technical skills necessary for today’s economy. Afterwards, DeVos told an audience of industry and government officials that we are only beginning to see the role technology can play in education. The Secretary said that American was trying to use a 19th Century “Prussian” model to compete in a 21st Century global economy. “I doubt you would design a system that’s focused on inputs rather than outputs; that prioritizes seat-time over mastery; that moves kids through an assembly line without stopping to ask whether they’re actually ready for the next step or that’s more interested in preserving the status quo rather than embracing necessary change.” DeVos said the Federal Government should not hamstring the states in their efforts to find new solutions to the challenges of education in the 21st Century. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.

Later in the day, while answering questions from the Jeanne Allen, the CEO of the Center For Education Reform, Secretary Betsy DeVos reaffirmed her support for school choice as the path to innovation. Student outcomes shouldn’t be based on their zip code argued DeVos. “All children should have an equal opportunity for a great education and we are committed to empowering parents to be able to make more of those decisions on behalf of their children,” The Secretary likened the choice parents make about their children education to other choices we make as consumers. “If you can’t get cell phone service in your living room, then your particular provider is failing you. You should have the option to find a network that does work.”

Also during her keynote speech at the ASU+GSV Summit, Secretary DeVos set her sights beyond K-12, discussing the future of higher education. The Secretary raised the possibility of scrapping the Higher Education Act, suggesting it was time for a fresh start to tertiary education. “Why would we reauthorize an act that’s 50–60 years old and that has continued to be amended,” DeVos asked? “Why wouldn’t we start afresh and talk about what we need in this century and beyond for educating and helping our young people — and adults — learn? The world has changed. We have many adults who are well into careers who want to go back and get a different kind of education. We should be considering the needs of individuals and students, not a system so much.” Chief among changes discussed was a new approach to accreditation, concentrating more on certifying students as competent in certain skill sets as opposed to certifying institutions. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.

Betsy DeVos, The Champion of Educational Reform

If you have school aged children, went to public school, like I did, or are a public school teacher, like many of my friends, you might be aware of how frustrating and disappointing the American public school system can be. In certain areas, public schools have the money and resources to cater to the children they serve. But in many places, they are failing. Schools are falling apart, books are outdated, and teachers don’t have the resources available to reach every student. For many children across our nation, this is the relativity of school life.

For Betsy DeVos, this reality became haunting when her own children reached school age. She says that she was lucky because she could afford to send their children to a good school regardless of the tuition cost, but she quickly realized, looking at the parents around her, that this was not true for many. “Well, that touched home,” DeVos said in an interview in Philanthropy Magazine, “Dick and I became increasingly committed to helping other parents—parents from low-income families in particular.” DeVos felt that all parents should have the ability to send their children to the right school, and she’s worked hard throughout the last three decades to bring that belief to life. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.

DeVos started the highly successful Great Lakes Education Project, which has challenged outdated educational practices by promoting the expansion of charter schools all across Michigan, her home state and my own. She was a key player in forming the American Federation for Children, an organization which has helped 430,000 students across 25 states and the District of Columbia to find their school of choice. She also personally worked for 15 years in Grand Rapids schools helping at-risk students; an experience which she says “changed my life and my perspective about education forever.”

This year Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the 11th U.S. secretary of education. She intends to use her position in government to return the control of education to the local level, so that parents have more power and say over their children’s education. DeVos believes that success, for her, means “[that] all parents, regardless of their zip code, have had the opportunity to choose the best educational setting for their children. And that all students have had the opportunity to fulfill their God-given potential.” She doesn’t intend to stop working until she achieves that goal.

As a Michigan resident, I’ve seen firsthand how DeVos’ efforts have changed the educational landscape for the better. I’ve had friends who have benefited from charter schools that offered the education they needed to achieve their goals. Given her current position, I’m excited to see what new reforms she’ll bring in the coming years. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.

George Soros Is Fighting For Social Justice

His Plans for the Left

George Soros is the most prominent liberal currently around. He does just about everything you could possibly imagine to help liberals promote their causes. Thank to his work at the Open Society Foundation America is even closer to realizing its goal of a multiracial society where everyone has a chance to succeed. There have been some setbacks to his goals and he isn’t in a position right now to do much about it, but Soros continues to fight for social justice and equality in America.

Using His Wealth to Help Others

George Soros has made a habit of helping out other with his wealth. It isn’t a surprise that a man who makes billions of dollars is able to help out others and he makes his aims no secret. He has used his $25 billion fortune to do everything he can to help support a number of left wing movements such as Black Lives Matter and moveon.org. His work has helped give the Left the strength it needs to continue on into the 21st century. Thanks to his work we have seen the likes of Bill Clinton and other important progressives advance.

The Donald Trump Effect

Donald Trump has certainly had an impact on the way that many people feel about the politics in America. George Soros is certainly among those that take the claims of Trump to heart and wants to do everything he can to make sure that he isn’t able to enact his agenda. In order to do this he is enlisting the help of Democrats who have worked in politics to preserve the legacy of Barack Obama and help Democrats keep their hold on politics.

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Going On From Here

The reality is that the Left has an uphill battle to fight. The Republicans hold the majority of power in America and there just isn’t anything that can be done. In order to help fight Soros wants to just about everything he can to protect the progressive legacy. He certainly seems to have the means to do it and will stop at nothing. Visit cnbc.com to know more about George Soros.

About George Soros

George Soros is a progressive with a strong stance of support for left wing policies. Nobody else has made such a strong effort to do everything they can to give people around the world an opportunity to determine how they want their lives to turn out. Thanks to his efforts we can see people from South Africa to Hungary living the sort of lives they want to live. He is truly an inspiration and his impact on the world of politics will be remembered for years to come.

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Dick and Betsy DeVos Give Back-Changing The Lives of Children

Betsy DeVos is a well-known activist and graduate from Calvin College. Even in her university days, she was involved in politics while on campus. Politics and charitable work have been a passion of hers ever since. It has been more than three decades since she graduated, and she has had an active life all along. She was the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, lead many campaigns, and even run political action committees. She is not the only person with a political background. Her husband, Dick DeVos, was nominated for the Governor of Michigan by the Republican party.

The DeVos family often combines forces to look for ways to solve social problems innovatively. Currently, Betsy is the chairman of the Windquest Group. This company is all about clean energy. The firm was founded by Betsy and her husband back in 1989. DeVos’s husband was also the president of Amway and the Orlando Magic NBA franchise. Though they have had many roles in life, the ones that they hold dearest to their heart is their nonprofit affiliations. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is one they value.  Additionally, she is on the board for the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, which is located at the Kennedy Center. Perhaps, her most known role is being a leading advocate for Alliance for School Choice as well as the American Federation for Children.

Giving students a choice in where they attend school is a powerful movement she advocates. These programs are now in 17 states as well as the nation’s capital. Educational choice is a powerful option for those who live in impoverished neighborhoods or have poor school systems. It allows parents to choose a private school in these areas as opposed to the public school system. To date, more than 250,000 students utilize this program. Indiana alone has more than 10,000 children on the program.

The program was considered radical at first, but both Betsy and Dick were a part of it from the beginning. Her life changing experience happened in Grand Rapids at the Potter’s House Christian School. The school has been in the community for more than 30 years. While checking the school out for the possibility of their children, they found that many people in these schools were low-income. These parents would do anything to keep their kids out of the public schools in their areas. The atmosphere was safe and they were learning. In a neighborhood where crime and violence are commonplace, having an option like that is miraculous to some. That is why the DeVos family is so passionate about children and their choices. They had the funding to put their children in the finest schools, but they know that not everyone has those options.