Betsy DeVos and What She is Teaching Us About Determination

Having been born into a wealthy family, and later as the wife of an Amway mogul’s son, Betsy DeVos entered her newly appointed position as Secretary of Education under President Donald Trump’s administration with all that against her in the liberals’ eyes. She arrived in Washington on a negative tangent as a big-government neophyte who appeared to speak out of both sides of her mouth regarding President Trump’s rescission of the federal policy which allowed transgender students to use the restroom that matched their gender identities.


Multiple tabloids have referred to the new Secretary of Education as “two Betsys” — one as a Grand Rapids, Michigan, pragmatist who is practical and dogmatic yet has a heart, and the other who has been described as “tone deaf” or “tunnel-visioned” in her role as education secretary under Trump’s administration. She has been described in very contrasting lights, on one hand being used as fodder for late night comedy yet on the other hand being referred to by Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) as “personable, plain-spoken, but potentially dangerous.”(1)


Regardless of her initial verbal bumbling when interrogated about her knowledge of federal involvement in education issues such as students loans, it does appear that DeVos is a quick learner who is determined and keeps her eye on her personal prize(s) and agendas, such as promoting vouchers for charter and private schools.


There are multiple reviews of journalists’ and analysts‘ opinions about Mrs. DeVos, but they are quickly leaning to the school of thought that she is not a leader to be taken lightly. This is obviated much in the fact that when she was spoofed by the left-slanted media, she didn’t become caustic or return the favor. She laughed at herself and went on with her agenda.


Indeed, DeVos obviously knows that agenda. Her devout drive to push for school vouchers and more charter schools is not to be ignored. Public schools might feel the quake of her scrutiny, as it is clear that she has reviewed their performance based on test scores and her hometown public school system screams of inequity. She herself is a product of private schooling, but whereas she appears to stand by the right-wing mantra of equal opportunity, opponents have obviously seen her money and the DeVos name like equal privilege. Grand Rapids, Michigan, is known as a place wherein “you cannot swing a cat without hitting something that has the DeVos name on it.”


Once again it appears that President Donald Trump has made an appointment decision that at first seemed arbitrary and possibly even a little ludicrous. And once again, regardless of criticism that has been thrown at the new secretary of education, his seemingly radical choice might be screaming that he made the “right” choice. Let’s hope so. Learn more: