Betsy DeVos Really Cares About Education in America

Betsy DeVos is the new Secretary of Education of the United States, sitting on President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. Her concerns for the state of education in this country is real, and rightly so because of our rankings with the rest of the world as far as the quality of education our children receive continually rank lower and lower.

Betsy is a strong advocate of school choice and school vouchers because, in America, education is still not equal to all, but the goal is that it should be. Having a choice is a pretty big deal in America today. We have it in lots of other things in our lives, why not in elementary and secondary education. We have it in college, but not so much in elementary education and high school.

Betsy DeVos also believes in innovation. A good example is the recent idea of Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing companies who have solved the taxi problem in America. While it would seem that there are plenty of taxis in our country, that is not always the case. When Uber came out with their concept of calling for a ride from anywhere to anywhere on your smartphone, the taxi business revolted. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.

The same thing happens in our school systems when homeschooling or school choice comes into play. The established monopoly gets very irritated when it is threatened, yet the consumer suffers from higher prices and lower service.

Our educational system is both good and bad, depending on where you live. We have very nice suburban schools all over the country that do a very good job, and we have other schools in the inner cities which are underfunded and lack resources. This is why DeVos is so adamant about the utilization of different methods of delivery.

She asks the question about the curiosity of continuing to use the same model that has been used for the past 300 years when modern technology offers so much more. Just about every student knows how to use a smartphone or a tablet so why not utilize these devices more in the process. The homeschooling model has proven that students can do very well with different delivery models where extra-curricular activities can take place in an organized way elsewhere in select groups.

Giving broken school systems more money has simply proven not to work at all, so we need different ways of presenting education opportunities to parents and students. It takes agreement from community leaders, parents, students, and educators to pull it off, but the rewards are well worth the efforts. When people come together to decide their fate, they tend to become seriously good at it. All of the input comes from the people most likely to benefit from that information. That is what DeVos is counting on moving forward.

Visit: http://www.betsydevos.com/policy-involvement/

Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists: Powerful Women in Hollywood

 

 

A-listy celebrity women in Hollywood are often stereotyped as being blonde bimbos who are married to wealthy movie producers. However, that is not always the case for popular movies with Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba who are strong women immersed in bettering the world through commerce and philanthropy. There leadership and ideals help give young girls positive role models. These actresses use their audience and voices to promote well being and positive change in the world. They are the antithesis of fame hungry actresses that give Hollywood women a bad name.

 

Angelina Jolie is one of the most vocal woman of Hollywood for human rights. She is a U.N Goodwill Ambassador. She campaigns for the rights of children all around the world. She even shows this in her everyday life with a family full of children adopted from developing nations in addition to her own natural born kids. She is a positive role model who always puts her kids first. She will deny movie roles and even end her marriage to one of the most attractive men on the planet to ensure her family comes before her own needs. She is someone to admire and consider in a world of fake people.

 

Jessica Alba is also inspiring in the way she runs her business. She runs the Honest Company is a way that is comparable to those with much more experience and business acumen than someone who has only been an actress. Her path is one that can also inspire women of all ages.

Dick DeVos: Longtime Businessman And Former Political Candidate Allows A Look At His Lifetime Giving

Dick DeVos certainly has been known as a giver and many local schools, hospitals and non-profit groups have benefited greatly from his generosity. But he’s always kept the amounts he’s contributed quite private and makes no attempt to put either his net worth or charity in the spotlight, though various media outlets certainly have listed him many times. But just this last month after President Donald Trump chose Dick’s wife Betsy to be Secretary of Education, the DeVos’s decided to make known the great mystery that many have wondered about. It’s now been reported that the DeVos’s have given around $139 million in their lifetime, and only a small percentage of that has gone to political campaigns.

 

Dick DeVos’s charity is something he learned growing up from his father, Richard DeVos Sr. Richard DeVos Sr. co-founded Amway Corporation and also bought the NBA’s Orlando Magic in 1991. Dick DeVos saw his father give back to the Grand Rapids community as a young man and decided to follow in those footsteps. Dick worked under his father at Amway for most of his early career, and after becoming vice president in 1984 started assuming more executive responsibilities there. Dick became CEO when his father stepped down in 1993 and soon began growing operations overseas and bringing in a large amount of profits. Dick left the company in 2002 to run another company that he and Betsy had founded in 1989, The Windquest Group.

 

Dick and Betsy’s philanthropy started out with education and private schools in particular. Their mission has been to make private and charter schools affordable for underprivileged children and through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation and several other non-profit groups such as Education Freedom Fund, they helped start scholarships. They’ve also been at the center of education reform legislation efforts including one in the year 2000 to try and establish private school vouchers and tax credits, but were unsuccessful. They did continue to work with charter schools throughout the years and in 2010 they helped start the West Michigan Aviation Academy.

 

The DeVos’s have also given to several civic organizations including Grand Action Committee, a council of local leaders that helped revitalize the downtown area of Grand Rapids. They’ve also given to children’s hospitals, libraries, and even made a large donation to the Kennedy Center in Washington for their art institute which was promptly renamed the Dick and Betsy DeVos Institute of Arts Management. Dick is also a former political candidate who ran for governor of Michigan in the 2006 gubernatorial race, but he came up short to Jennifer Granholm. The DeVos’s did later help get a right-to-work law passed in 2012 after seeing the success the legislation had in Wisconsin. Dick DeVos also has engaged in fun activities such as the Chicago-Mackinac sailing race.