Betsy DeVos is the kind of woman who knows how to make an impression. To those in her home state of Michigan, she is a hard-headed woman who can get her ideas done with the help of her immense fortune. DeVos and her husband have propelled conservative ideas forward like the breakdown of the state’s labor unions, which her husband was really against.
Betsy fought against public education, as she wanted to offer parents the choice to go to private or religious schools. This choice has always been there, but she wants all families to get vouchers from the government so they can go to a private or religious school. The problem most Democrats have with this plan is that she does not want the government to vet private or religious schools but wants them to take government money. Most opponents of her plans in Michigan felt that a school that takes government money should be held accountable to the people’s government.
Her plan worked because she was not afraid to use her money to get things done in her home state, which is one reason people know her name. Mike Cox, a former Secretary of State for Michigan and a Republican spoke about DeVos, saying that she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. He thinks some people dismissed her because she seems like a nice person but is definitely a political beast.
Betsy was appointed to be the Secretary of Education for the Trump Administration, and she had the opportunity to make another impression on the people. This did not go well for her. Many people saw how inexperienced she was as she fumbled through a congressional hearing. She was asked about education theories and her ideas on them. She obviously did not know what was being asked and answered nonsensically, but things got worse for her. Betsy was asked about guns in school, which she seems to be in favor of. The reason guns were vital in schools was because grizzly bears may attack schools.
Americans heard the tale of the school-hating bears and laughed because grizzly bears have not attacked any schoolyards. It seemed obvious to those watching the interview that she made up some fantastical scenario to scare people into wanting guns in school. Late Night show hosts had a ball at her expense, which was something that DeVos was not happy with. Her character has definitely been bear-stained and there was no way around it. She wants to be known for more than just the lady who makes up bear attacks to keep guns in school.
Perhaps she wants to be known as a fierce political leader who can get things done with her resources. Maybe she wants to be known as a woman who can learn on the job. Sure, she may have been misinformed at the beginning, but she is ready to meet with leaders of public education to discuss the things she does not know. Hopefully, Betsy will become the kind of Secretary of Education who visits underperforming schools to learn how they can be improved or the kind of leader who does her research.
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