If you were to go to Grand Rapids, Michigan, you would likely notice two prominent political centered surnames. The first name you would notice would be the name of President Gerald Ford. Grand Rapids was the childhood home of the former president of the United States and is the location of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The museum is also the final resting place of the president and his wife. It has an extensive collection about his life and about his history-making presidency. Ford was the first president and vice president to not be elected by a vote to the office, but because he was the Republican speaker of the house during Watergate he was next in line for the position following Nixon’s impeachment. The second political surname you would notice in Grand Rapids is DeVos. Many of the buildings in the city are named after them.
Most of the residents in Grand Rapids would tell you that the DeVos family are known for their philanthropy, education, and political work in the city. This is a sharp turn of contrast to how the media has portrayed Betsy DeVos in the coverage of her work as education secretary of the United State of America. The media has portrayed DeVos and her husband as elitists who do not and could not understand the problems that exist within the education department of the nation.
Based on the words of those in Grand Rapids -even those who do not care for the political points of view of them- Betsy DeVos and her husband can and do understand the problems within the education department. The answer to why this is the case lies in the fact that the two of them were both brought up to be devout Christians who aim to be compassionate toward others. Their philanthropy work resulted in Betsy DeVos speaking to a variety of different students and families who were oftentimes struggling. In an attempt to fix problems within the education department in Grand Rapids, Betsy DeVos has pushed for school choice systems and created scholarship problems for deserving students.
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As education secretary, Betsy DeVos has continued to be criticized for not being aware enough though by most media outlets and a number of criticizers. The education secretary has learned that she must ignore the criticism in the media and focus on her work. She has visited various schools in the country, presented her school choice ideas and other ideas to the education department, and has been willing to keep dialogues and debates open about decisions for the schools. She pushed for debates to come up with solutions within Congress following the school shooting in Parkland. Her push for debates in Congress about the issue was met with praise from Republicans and Democrats alike. Despite adversity and a negative false media image, Betsy DeVos has and will continue to show who she really is in her work for the education department.