During an appearance on Newsmax’s “The Record with Greta Van Susteren” on Wednesday, former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asserted that “this is a really ideal moment to capitalize” on the growing grievances with the “one-size-fits-all” education system and to “empower families to make choices.”
During the COVID school shutdowns, “many families created their own solutions, and many of them hired teachers to perhaps do a one-room schoolhouse-type situation with multi-grade kids and, for many families, that’s working,” according to DeVos.
“That kind of opportunity really needs to continue today,” she added.
The education system was designed around an industrial factory model approximately 175 years ago, DeVos said. Since then, it has not been updated or improved in any meaningful way. Children are still made to sit still for hours with very few breaks, memorize information, and repeat answers back to their teachers in standardized formats. A one-size-fits-all approach has never been a good solution to any problem, especially not something as important as the education of our youth.
“Kids were going to go in one end and come out the other end all doing the same thing the same way,” DeVos said. “That was necessary for certain parts of society at the time, but that is very different than what we need today for our future.”
DeVos went on to note that the education system is biased towards one political party, the Democrats, who work hand-in-hand with the teacher’s unions. These unions do not lobby for what is best for the children, but for what is best for the teachers and the bureaucrats.
“It hasn’t changed and the status quo, that protects what is, is very formidable,” she said. “It has a lock on one (political) party, and it continues to really demand issues that are adult issues, not things that are focused on what is best for children.”
With children being forced into at-home learning during the pandemic, the curtain was pulled back for a lot of parents, who realized just how terrible the current education system is. From the indoctrination of children into leftist ideology such as racist CRT and gender theory to the lack of actual quality education in foundational subjects such as math and reading, parents finally realized that their children were not actually receiving an education. From there, the status quo has finally begun to crumble.
“Parents didn’t expect that their schools were going to do so poorly during all of the lockdowns, and then they discover some of the curricula that their kids are being fed and they’re rightfully upset,” DeVos said.
The bottom line, she noted, is that “we need to put the power to decide where and how kids learn into the hands of families.”
Doing so, DeVos added, will “create a marketplace for creative, entrepreneurial, ingenious people in our country to actually develop different models of helping kids learn and unlocking their potential.”