Today’s read is from Betsy DeVos who served as the 11th secretary of education from 2017 to 2021 and is the author of the bestselling book “Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child.” Here’s an excerpt:
This fall, more students than ever before in America’s history will begin a new school year at a school of their own choosing. It’s a milestone to celebrate.
The government school monopoly should not be protected at the expense of parents and their children. Rather, every single child in America must have the opportunity to learn in the way and the place that best ensures his or her unique needs will be met.
The father of America’s government-run education system, Horace Mann, once wrote that parents should be viewed as having given their children as “hostages to our cause.”
You read that right: hostages.
The stark truth is that America’s students are held hostage to a system that assigns them to a school, teaches them what it wants, and does its best to keep what families want out of the conversation.
Let’s be clear: It is time to set the hostages free!
Read the entire column here.