Fifty years ago Milton Friedman penned one of his most influential works, ‘The Role of Government in Education’. The paper would end up detailing how important it was for parents to have the chance to choose the schooling that made the most sense for their child without the interference of the government in that decision. While Friedman’s work didn’t immediately catch on, current Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has helped his words become magnified by carrying the torch onward. Betsy DeVos is the newest Secretary of Education in the United States and she is serving at the behest of President Trump who has given her his full mandate to pursue reform in a principled and conservative manner.
For Betsy DeVos, the idea of school choice spreading throughout the nation has never looked more possible and it is due in large part to her own hard work in the field. For more than 30 years, Betsy DeVos worked as a private citizen in order to make known the impact that school choice could have on children throughout the nation. Not only did she spread the word of the system, she got involved in a variety of political capacities by serving as the chairman on six different committees and even establishing several of her own foundations including the American Federation for Children as well as the Alliance for School Choice.
Betsy DeVos’s optimism over the years would help to spread school choice to 17 different states, 30+ different institutions, and more than 250,000 individual students. To say that Betsy DeVos was effective in her work would be an understatement. DeVos absolutely crushed it at touting conservative education reform. With that kind of success as a private citizen, we can only imagine what Betsy DeVos has for us with her newest role in the federal government.
Betsy DeVos’s faith in school choice hasn’t been secluded to just papers written by supporters who came before her. In fact, Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos have been absolutely hands-on in their support of school choice. Betsy DeVos cites visiting the Potter’s House Christian School as one of the most inspiring moments for her faith in school choice. The Potter’s House Christian School is located in Grand Rapids and it is a school choice environment aimed at helping children from low-income families. DeVos described the facility as ‘electric with curiosity’ and ‘love for one another’. The DeVos’s have since been hands-on in their support of the facility, donating both time and money in order to keep it up and running. With that kind of emotional investment into the topic, it is only a matter of time until Betsy DeVos gets school choice to spread throughout the nation.
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George Soros is known as one of the wealthiest men in the world. However, he is also known as one of the greatest contributors to charity in the world, and indeed in history. Take a look at his recent donation to the Open Society Foundations if you want a taste of his great philanthropy. He has just moved eighteen billion dollars of his own money to the Open Society Foundations. That is not a typo. He did not move eighteen million dollars to charity, but he moved eighteen billion dollars to charity.
Even before this massive donation, George has been donating hundreds of millions of dollars each year to charity. He does not only donate to the Open Society Foundations, though he does plan on leaving most of his estate for them.
George Soros is the one who started the Open Society Foundations after becoming successful on Wall Street. The man who was born in Hungary and fled the communists became a wealthy Wall Street investor and one of the world’s leading philanthropists.
George Soros has done so much good in the world. The problem lies with those people who are demonizing the giving of charity. These people should be ashamed of themselves. According to The Atlantic, right wing conspiracy theorists have been blaming George for a lot of things. They are saying that he is the one behind Black Lives Matter and Antifa. They are saying that he orchestrated the white nationalist rally in North Carolina as a false flag event. They say that he is the one behind the NFL protests and the Women’s March. They say he paid women to falsely accuse Roy Moore. The problem lies with conspiracy theories who make up stories about his philanthropy, because they want to demonize it for no reason. Their only reason is that they do not like the causes that he donates to, because they do not fit their political agendas.
George Soros has donated a lot of money to progressive causes and to pro democracy forces around the world. He is the leading philanthropist to do so. Right wing conspiracy theorists can not stomach this, because they know that freedom will reign supreme with George’s help. For example, the extremist right wing website Breitbart said that the Open Society Foundations is the death star. Extremists became even more frustrated after George Soros donated the eighteen billion dollars to the Open Society Foundations. They know that the Open Society Foundations will now be the second largest charitable organization in the world. This is something they do not want. They oppose the good causes that George Soros wants to donate money to. This is a problem with our society. We can not start demonizing people who donate money to charity just because we do not like their political agenda. That is wrong. George Soros is a hero who is to be admired for not buckling to the pressure put on him.