President Donald Trump chose Betsy DeVos currently serves as the Secretary of Education under the Trump administration. No one expressed surprise when a controversial president nominated such a controversial figure. While news media outlets often criticize her for her policies, she has done a great deal of philanthropist work and supports the school choice issue. Although she has never held any public office, she became interested in politics in her 20s. When she realized she could send her children to almost any school, she decided to fight to give lower-income parents the same right. Even though she advocates for religious schools, school choice voucher programs allow the participants to send their children to any school of their choice. The schools may be public or private.
DeVos is also deeply concerned about her community and the area in which she lives. Her parents raised her in Holland, a town in Western Michigan. She grew up in a privileged family, and she feels she should bring the same opportunities to others. She not only supports private schools. She believes home schooling and digital learning are viable options, according to Cosmopolitan. Digital schools have become a viable alternative for many children who do not do well in public school settings. Home schooling can be a viable option for many parents, although there is some concern that parents may use home schooling for religious indoctrination that often hurts science education.
Betsy DeVos continues her work as a philanthropist even while serving as Secretary of Education. She and her husband, Dick DeVos, continue to support many educational facilities throughout Western Michigan. Her husband serves as the President of AmWay, a world leader in the sales of health supplements.She serves at the head of several political action committees designed to serve the educational needs of children. At least one of these committees was started by her and her husband. Her actions are guided by her religious principles, and she tries to put those principles in action through her work as a philanthropist. Her political work has focused on trying to break the power of teachers’ unions, a force which, according to the documentary Waiting for Superman, harms student education.