DeVos won’t go the ‘one size fits all’ way

ULM Hawkeye, [email protected]

Many people are upset that Betsy DeVos is the new Secretary of Education, but they are judging her harshly without even knowing what she stands for.

Giving parents and the community more of a say in their children’s education and improving the overall quality of school are just some goals that DeVos would like to accomplish.

Most of the liberal media sources are dismayed about the appointment of DeVos, claiming she is underqualified since she has never been a teacher or principal.

In reality, you don’t have to be a mechanic to know that when your car is going up in flames, you need to put it out.

America’s parents are worried about how the appointment of DeVos will affect their children’s education.

DeVos is a strong advocate of the voucher system.

That means every child will get a voucher that is worth a certain amount of money from the government. It can be used at any school they wish to attend.

This may include a public, private or even charter school. Public school children continually score lower than private school kids on standardized tests because of overcrowding and the “one size fits all” model that public schools function on.

This voucher system would simply give parents the chance to choose what is best for their children.

DeVos also wants local communities to determine what is best for the children. Right now, every school in America has to meet the same education standards.  Seems odd, doesn’t it? There are 24 different dialects, 50 states and about 73 million children in America.

However, there is only one standard for children’s education.

How would you like to live in a world where there is only one restaurant?

DeVos hopes to promote more personalization when it comes to children’s education and to help parents have more control of their children’s education by allowing more local control.

Finally, DeVos plans to improve the quality of schools by allowing competition.

Today’s smart phones are literally millions of times faster than the computers NASA used to put a man on the moon.

We would have never been able to reach this level of advancement if it weren’t for competition in the technology market.

Since there are many different smart phone companies, every company must constantly seek to improve and advance their products to stay relevant.

Our current public education system gives children limited options in schools.

It creates a monopoly controlled by the teachers’ unions, resulting in our failing system.

Just as technology improved with competition, allowing choice and competition in the education system will improve every student’s chance of getting a quality education.

This competition will force public schools to improve their game to continue in the field of education.

The reason DeVos has received so much opposition is not because she will hurt our children’s chances of getting a good education.

She is opposed because she will force the public education system to compete.

DeVos has been adamantly attacked because she will wrench control of our children’s education from the hands of politicians and teachers’ unions, and give it back to the communities and parents, which is where it belongs.