One of the areas in which the Democrat Party has had an enormous negative influence is education. Every failure in this arena was met with the same “new” solution – spend more. Federal involvement with primary and secondary education has become the best example of Einstein’s definition of insanity.
Therefore, when Einstein said “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” we see that perfectly illustrated above (by the by, Einstein probably didn’t say that).
Further, the National Education Association donated 99% to Democrats in 2014. The American Federation of Teachers donated 100% to Democrats. One doesn’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to draw the correct deduction from these facts.
I have been a teacher for my entire professional career. However, I must admit that I do not know the solution. However, as a scientist as well for my entire professional career, I know how to proceed forward. We need to experiment and draw conclusions.
President-elect Donald Trump has selected billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos, a relatively unknown figure on the national scene, to head the U.S. Department of Education. Although she has little name recognition, DeVos is well-known in the education world, having donated to and served on the board for a number of school choice nonprofits.
[Source: Meet Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, by Kelsey Harkness]
DeVos holds to the following concepts:
She does not support Common Core “period.”
Trump’s disdain for the national standards was perhaps the most talked about education policy issue on the campaign trail. Common Core has, unfortunately, turned into a federal boondoggle – surprise, surprise.
She strongly supports school vouchers.
She and her husband advocated a ballot proposal in 2000 that would have amended the Michigan Constitution to create a school voucher program that allows taxpayer funds to follow students to private schools. She has played a major role in expanding the number of school choice programs available to students across the country.
She also supports charter schools.
DeVos and her husband have been actively involved in promoting charter schools for over two decades, and helped to pass Michigan’s first charter school law in the state.
She’s an outsider in Washington.
Although dealing with the inner workings of Congress will be new to DeVos, she’s well-familiar with the political system, having served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party. Her husband, Dick DeVos, was elected to the State Board of Education in 1990 and ran for governor of Michigan in 2006, losing to Democrat Jennifer Granholm.
She supports homeschooling.
She believes that homeschooling represents another perfectly valid educational option. More and more people are opting for homeschooling, including in urban areas. What you’re seeing is parents who are fed up with their lack of power to do anything about where their kids are assigned to go to school.
She funds a variety of nonprofits.
DeVos and her husband are founders of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, where they support “organizations and programs that focus on community, education, the arts, justice, and leadership.” She serves as chairman of the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice, according to Philanthropy Roundtable.
Some organizations the DeVos family has supported include the Foundation for Excellence in Education, ArtPrize, West Michigan Aviation Academy, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, American Enterprise Institute, Mars Hill Bible Church, and The Heritage Foundation, which is the parent organization of The Daily Signal.
She chose to send her children to private Christian schools.
Therefore, we can expect that the lockstep notions and convictions of the Democrat Party and the various teacher’s unions will no longer prevail in every instance. This is not to say that teachers should not be consulted or that every concept favored by the Democrat party and unions is wrong. But it is clearly time to begin trying some new approaches.
DeVos appears to be a good choice for the experimental path.