Public schools are not all they’re cracked up to be. There are some parents that want to send their children to a public school because they have memories about running around the playground and passing notes in class. They may think that the school maintains the same standards that they did when they were younger or that they have somehow evolved to incorporate new standards in education. While that might be the case for some institutions, there is a pattern of increasingly more institutions letting a policy of growth fall by the wayside. Instead, students are being put into test factories where they are expected to perform well on standards of education instead of formulating abstract thought and reasoning. Throughout all of this, parents are left wondering what they can do to change the situation that their children are in. Private schools are expensive and other school districts are not open to them, but they want their children to have a better experience.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has seen this problem firsthand. She has personally spoken with families all over the country that struggle with this very same issue. The arbitrary boundaries that are drawn by school districts have done more to curse the school system than anything else. Betsy DeVos spoke to Philanthropy Roundtable about why she believes school choices going to be a bigger part of the American future. These arbitrary boundaries are a major part of that because students are being stuck in drastically under-performing school districts while children of other parts of the city might be doing well. It seems that while these schools are struggling to gain some type of uniformity, they are losing their ability to individually connect with their students. This means that the material alone is not enough, and the teaching talent becomes more crucial.
Better teachers tend to go where they get paid better. This means that they are going to charter schools and private schools. Betsy DeVos has been pushing for school vouchers that would allow children to attend these institutions where the better teaching talent has gone. Her critics voice their concern that moving children into these systems will kill the public-school system but a lot of the things that are happening in the public school system these days seem to indicate that it is on the path to killing itself. For individuals like Betsy DeVos who’ve been pushing for education reform for years, they want parents to simply understand the options in the wake of a system that is going to need years of drastic overhaul under her guidance.
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