In a fresh approach to education in the U.S., Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos’s focus is on students and what is best for them, rather than on parents being told from a federal level what is best for students. Mrs. DeVos wants parents to be involved in making decisions at the local level. In her first big policy speech since taking office, Betsy DeVos discusses how school choice can improve the lives of millions of students.
Open enrollment, tax credits, home schools, magnets, charters, virtual schools, education savings accounts and choices not yet developed all have their place, but no single one of these is always the right delivery method for each child.
As the WSJ points out:
This is welcome modesty from a federal government that has for years tried to find the single education model, or single reform, that could be replicated everywhere. That top-down approach may have fit the U.S. society and economy of 120 years ago, but it doesn’t work now. Mrs. DeVos’s entire speech is worth reading, but with that one insight she is off to a fine start.
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