You absolutely know that this will cause an uproar in liberal circles, so be prepared to hear weeks of this, leading up to her cabinet appointment.
Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s pick for the Secretary of Education spot, was recorded in 2001 saying that she would like to “advance God’s kingdom” through her school-choice efforts.
Anything that advances the kingdom of God, I’m all for, so DeVos’ take is interesting to me.
It was during a 2001 Christian summit called “The Gathering” that DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos were interviewed onstage about their work. In particular, they were asked about the use of government funds to support religious or private schools.
In answering the question, DeVos likened it to the battle of David and Goliath, in a region known as Shephelah.
“Our desire is to be in that Shephelah, and to confront the culture in which we all live today in ways that will continue to help advance God’s Kingdom, but not to stay in our own faith territory,” DeVos said.
That makes sense. You don’t gain much ground, preaching to the choir.
“It goes back to what I mentioned, the concept of really being active in the Shephelah of our culture — to impact our culture in ways that are not the traditional funding-the-Christian-organization route, but that really may have greater Kingdom gain in the long run by changing the way we approach things — in this case, the system of education in the country,” she added later.
Anybody that has children in our public schools now can tell you that a major overhaul is warranted.
Something has been lost and the system is failing. Much, if not all, can be attributed to a dead and dying culture and the rot that is popular media.
When asked if it was their intent to “destroy” public schools, DeVos answered:
“No, we are for good education, and for having every child have an opportunity for good education,” she responded.
“We both believe that competition and choices make everyone better and that ultimately if the system that prevails in the United States today had more competition — there were more choices for people to make freely — that all of the schools would become better as a result.”
It’s a perfectly reasonable and sane response. No one listening to the entirety of this interview should feel uneasy or triggered, in any way. In fact, across the board, whether Democrat or Republican, Christian or other, parents should be comfortable with DeVos’ take on improving schools.
Now that it has been put out there, however, expect that one point, “advance the kingdom of God,” to be all you hear about, twisted into a thousand different versions of leftist condemnation.
Democrats gonna Democrat.
This is no different, no matter how rational or sane the message, in total.