High on Betsy DeVos’ “To Do” List: Education


It is abundantly clear to everyone who knows Betsy DeVos and to those who have only heard of her that education is not something she takes lightly.


But it’s not so much DeVos’ high-minded energy on the subject as it is people’s internalized sketchiness regarding her real motivations about her staunch demands for privatizing the school systems of America.


Certainly no stranger to educational processes with high price tags (Devos’ husband and father are both billionaires), one has to be suspicious of her real intentions when she repeatedly says, paraphrased, that her target is on privatizing public schools with taxpayer money and that Christian-based charter enterprises and a closed-door policy on gender-neutral public bathrooms are directly in her line of sight. Betsy DeVos is definitely towing the hard line on controversial subjects when it comes to her personal system of beliefs.


Perhaps she faces so much vehement public opposition because of the argument of separation of church and state, or perhaps because America is becoming substantially less narrow-minded about gender identity, but even deeper than that, those who “push back” may want to take a deeper look at Elisabeth (Betsy) Prince-DeVos’ ideas about the future of public education in America.


Privilege seems to have given her a ‘black eye’. Once she realized that not everybody has her opportunities, she became focused, almost to the point of being obsessed, with no one ever being able to say “we’re not blessed like you are.”


She and her paternal family and also her married family have given nearly 25-percent of their accumulated wealth ($1.33 billion) to charities, most of which has been doled out to nearly anything to do with education.


But why is her steely-eyed missive so determined to fight to the bitter end about the chances that she received by osmosis of birthright?


And why is it that she seems to be countered by people who are dead set on things remaining as they are, especially considering that neither proposition -public or privatized- is what anyone could call a ‘winning’ educational formula at the moment.


No one may ever know.


DeVos seems to specialize in turning down interviews that are not structured to get her message across without anyone asking her the ‘burning questions’ about her motives; however, maybe dropping the hardball closed session stance is exactly what she needs to do if she is planning on succeeding.


This time.


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