A Former Teacher’s View on Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education
*This is strictly my view on Betsy DeVos as the new Secretary of Education. My view has been shaped as a former public ed teacher and as a mom and natural learning advocate.
Our Public Schools Need a Change
I know it may seem like I have something against public schools, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, I am a huge advocate for the best education for ALL children. I am against the current approach in the system, but not the schools themselves.
Personally, I feel our public schools need to be completely overhauled. We need to focus on the true needs of 21st century children who are being raised on the cusps of this new technology era and stop educating them like it’s the beginning of the industrial revolution…. because it’s not.
If we truly want our children to compete in the current global market, then Betsy Devos is not the answer to our prayers. In fact, she is the scary monster in our nightmares.
We need a leader who understands this new revolution and how to improve our public schools, so every child has the guarantee of being educated as a human being with strengths, interests, and life purposes instead of cogs on an assembly line. Children deserve to be viewed as an individual and not just as a data number or profits to companies itching to roll in the dough with Betsy DeVos’s plans.
What We Need
We need less of everyone on the same page at the same time and more natural learning, creativity, and discovering of life’s purposes. We need to stop this career/college readiness focus and start asking our children what problems in the world they want to solve and then begin the conversations of careers and college. Our children deserve the end of the one size fits all mentality and more realizations that ALL children are different. This means everyone from politicians to teachers acknowledge and respect that some children will need to go to college in order to fulfill their life purposes, some will become entrepreneurs creating businesses around their life purposes, and others will be 9-5 workers, laborers, etc. Each career as equally as important to the college required career. We need to see that success needs to be valued differently.
Betsy DeVos is not going to bring about the change that we need to see for our children, grandchildren or future children. We need the education publishing companies and their lobbyists out of public schools. We need more creativity for our children and to allow teachers to do what they do best… Mentor and inspire our children to be life long learners all while guiding them to find their life purposes.
Remember this not only affects public schools, but universities as well. I just hope the changes she makes over the course of her new position won’t dramatically effect future generations for a long time, should she be confirmed by the Senate.
I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.