Category: Education Reform

5 Jun

Betsy Devos, Gracious In Public But A Fighter In Private

When President Trump announced that he is recalling a federal policy that allows transgender students the use of bathrooms of their choice, Betsy Devos, the education secretary, who was present when the announcement was made, just silently submitted without issuing any opposition. Previously, she was known to fight for the rights of these students to have their personal choices honored by those in authority.

 

 

But before the President’s announcement, DeVos did something that is unexpected. She warned the Education Department employees who are transgender and gays that something is about to happen. And that something was President Trump’s announcement that adversely affected the choices of transgender students.

 

 

To the cursory observer, this incident might indicate that the new Department of Education Secretary is a push-over. But people close to DeVos say that they have a surprise coming. Although DeVos seemed to have quietly acquiesced with the wishes of the U.S. President, she only did so because of exigencies.

 

 

DeVos nature is to fight for the rights of those who are underprivileged. Those who know her claim that while she may appear gracious in public, she is a driven person who is relentless in fighting for what she thinks is right. They say that she has used the vast fortune of her family to punish enemies, reward allies and to work behind the scenes in passing legislations and in unseating lawmakers who are against her.

 

 

A former state attorney general and a Republican, Mike Cox, said that DeVos has instilled fear in many people in Michigan politics. He claims that her being a billionaire is not the only reason. Cox added that he finds DeVos to be very steely and very determined when she is trying to achieve a goal.

 

 

Another person who knows her, Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers president who is a staunch Democrat supporter warns about the tendency of people to underestimate DeVos. It seems that Weingarten regards her as someone who appears plain-spoken and personable, but is actually dangerous.

 

 

DeVos has fought for three decades to channel public money to charter schools instead of the traditional public schools. Charter schools depend on tax dollars but are administered by private organizations that are operating outside of the structures of public schools. She also lobbied for tax money for vouchers for paying tuition fees at private and religious schools. But her detractors claim that charter schools is damaging to public education because it will eat on its resources. However, DeVos and her supporters say that this will enable poor families enough choices and will create competition that can pressure officials to improve traditional public schools.

 

 

DeVos has actually taken up this cause further than any of the advocates of charter schools. She gave her support to schools that are administered by commercial entities and opposed moves to require them to submit to performance standards. It is mainly because of DeVos’ efforts that Detroit is now enjoying the distinction of having the biggest concentration of charter schools in the country.

 

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17 Apr

Betsy Devos – on topic article

Those who know Betsy DeVos well say she’s a force to be reckoned with. In the state of Michigan she’s known as a devoted go-getter, determined to bring about educational change. Even those who roundly against her political leanings describe her has pragmatic, kind and caring. Now that she’s serving in the capacity of Secretary of Education for the Trump Administration, people who don’t know her feel that she’s tone deaf and unprepared for the job.

 

DeVos lets all the criticism roll off her back. Moving from Michigan Republican Party chair to her current position requires a steep learning curb. DeVos says she’s ready. But some wonder if she has gotten in over her head.

 

DeVos was born in a conservative, wealthy family in Holland, Michigan in 1958. Her father, Edgar Prince, was a billionaire industrialist. But as rich as he was, her current husband’s family, the DeVoses, are even richer still. Dick DeVos is the heir to the Amway fortune. She, along with her husband have used their tremendous wealth to wield a great deal of political power.

 

Over the years, they have fought for charter schools and vouchers. In 2001, DeVos unsuccessfully attempted to have a bill passed to make tax payers foot the bill of charter schools. DeVos’s educational ideology shouldn’t be a surprised since it was adopted from the same ideals that come from her Dutch homeland. In the late 1800s, the liberals and the church fought over which educational system should reign in the country.

 

Trump tends to agree with this principle. Or at least, he pretends that he does. Many people argue that DeVos is blurring the lines between separation of church and state. But even those who agree with her views criticize her for the lack of oversight in charter schools.

 

Wayne State University Professor of Education Thomas Peroni says he is frightened over DeVos being at the helm of national education. He claims that her monitoring role in Michigan has caused great harm to the system. The bottom line is DeVos’s current job requires her to ensure that people from all backgrounds get the quality education they deserve.

 

But many point to some of DeVos’s “astonishingly ignorant” comments to show she’s completely out of touch. Her comment about HBCU’s being the pioneers of school choice did not bode well. A person who is considered head of U.S. education surely would know that HBCU’s were created because Blacks were denied admission into most white schools.

 

Despite it all, those who know DeVos are still rooting for her. DeVos’s classmate Noel Wollfins says he just hope she knows what she’s gotten herself into.

 

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25 May

The Relevance of Success Academy’s THINK Literacy English Language Arts Curriculum

According to research conducted in 2015 by EducationNext, 35 percent of school-going kids from New York City are competent in Mathematics while 29 percent of them are competent in English. Furthermore, 64 percent of scholars who attend Success Academy Charter Schools were proficient in English while 94 percent of them were proficient in Math.

 

The secret behind the excellence of Success Academy is prioritizing content. The learning institution is guided by a blocks curriculum. This curriculum allows children to work together on an educational project. It also ensures that one kid from each group shares with other students what his or her group has discussed. Success Academy follows an English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum known as THINK Literacy.

 

THINK Literacy

 

This ELA curriculum was structured in accordance with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop model. It focuses on independent reading besides its “balanced literacy” approach. When adopted in elementary learning centers, scholars are required to undertake two units that involve reading and writing about a certain topic for six weeks. In middle school, students are given iPads, pre-loaded with books, to use during the literature class and independent reading time.

 

THINK Literacy also allows kids from kindergarten to the 8th grade to attend daily workshops to sharpen their writing skills. In math classes, teachers use thoroughly planned set of activities and precise questioning to help the scholars master and learn a new concept on a daily basis.

 

The Future of Success Academy Charter Schools

 

Eva Moskowitz is the creator Success Academy Charter Schools. As the CEO,  she ensures that the charter network continues to grow tremendously and achieve stellar results. Since its creation in 2006, the network has grown to 32 schools that comprise of over 9,000 students. Out of the 32 schools, seven of them are middle schools, 24 of them are elementary, and one is a high school.

 

Moskowitz and the board of Success Academy are planning to launch 13 more learning centers in the next two years. This means that Success Academy will provide learning services to 21,000 students, which is 2 percent of the total number of students in public schools of New York City.

To learn more about Success Academy, I would suggest taking a peek at their Wikipedia. This charter school will surely be helping to change the educational landscape in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

14 Apr

Betsy DeVos Makes Improvement in Education

I have been a fan of Betsy DeVos long before she became the Secretary of Education. I believe that Donald Trump made a good choice to put someone like Betsy DeVos in charge of education because she has already proven that she is passionate about this. She has given countless amounts of money to charities, and she continues to support charter schools and the need for a better education system.

Betsy DeVos is the wife of Dick DeVos, and she has made a name for herself by becoming the chairman of a charter school organization and giving back to schools. She has a foundation with her husband, and I believe that it is very commendable that she shares the workload of a charity along with her husband. I think that this is very interesting because she really did not have to give back to the education system.

She could have simply educated her kids at the finest schools and made no attempt to improve upon the education system. The fact that she wanted to give millions of dollars back has made me look at her in a different light. The DeVos family as a whole has actually given over a billion dollars to education. I think this is one of the reasons that Donald Trump had a lot of faith in what Betsy DeVos could do for the education system. She is a kind person that has always had the best interest of the children at hand. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

I certainly believe that she will be good and his role and I think that she offers a lot of insight on an area where many people are in the dark. The education system is always changing, and there are a lot of things that parents wish they could see as a change in education. I believe that Betsy DeVos is going to do a great job of putting the necessary work into bringing technology and some more schools. She is also going to improve upon candidates for teaching positions. Overall, I believe that Betsy DeVos will serve well as the Secretary of Education because this is where her passion lies. I believe that she will bring all of her resources together and improve education.

Betsy DeVos is proving that she has what it takes to make a difference, and I believe that that is what Donald Trump realized when he decided to appoint her. He was putting his trust in someone that has decades of experience and different types of education systems in the United States. He was putting his trust in someone that had actually made a difference by contributing their own money to the education of the youth of America.

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14 Apr

Betsy DeVos Makes Improvement in Education

I have been a fan of Betsy DeVos long before she became the Secretary of Education. I believe that Donald Trump made a good choice to put someone like Betsy DeVos in charge of education because she has already proven that she is passionate about this. She has given countless amounts of money to charities, and she continues to support charter schools and the need for a better education system.

Betsy DeVos is the wife of Dick DeVos, and she has made a name for herself by becoming the chairman of a charter school organization and giving back to schools. She has a foundation with her husband, and I believe that it is very commendable that she shares the workload of a charity along with her husband. I think that this is very interesting because she really did not have to give back to the education system.

She could have simply educated her kids at the finest schools and made no attempt to improve upon the education system. The fact that she wanted to give millions of dollars back has made me look at her in a different light. The DeVos family as a whole has actually given over a billion dollars to education. I think this is one of the reasons that Donald Trump had a lot of faith in what Betsy DeVos could do for the education system. She is a kind person that has always had the best interest of the children at hand. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

I certainly believe that she will be good and his role and I think that she offers a lot of insight on an area where many people are in the dark. The education system is always changing, and there are a lot of things that parents wish they could see as a change in education. I believe that Betsy DeVos is going to do a great job of putting the necessary work into bringing technology and some more schools. She is also going to improve upon candidates for teaching positions. Overall, I believe that Betsy DeVos will serve well as the Secretary of Education because this is where her passion lies. I believe that she will bring all of her resources together and improve education.

Betsy DeVos is proving that she has what it takes to make a difference, and I believe that that is what Donald Trump realized when he decided to appoint her. He was putting his trust in someone that has decades of experience and different types of education systems in the United States. He was putting his trust in someone that had actually made a difference by contributing their own money to the education of the youth of America.

Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.