Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Is More Qualified For The Job Than Her Critics Realize

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is, by all accounts, a determined woman. She does not air any disagreements that she has with her boss, President Trump, in public. When he rescinded the policy that allowed transgender students to use the restroom that matched the gender that they identified with, DeVos was against it, but the public never knew it. DeVos is always a lady, and she never publicly criticized President Trump’s decision.

 

DeVos was never a teacher and her children attended private schools, therefore, according to her critics, she wasn’t familiar with the public school system. DeVos is a quick study; she knows something about public schools from talking to lower income parents who could not afford to send their kids to a private school. DeVos was one of the strongest advocates for charter schools and she has been involved with advocating for education policies for almost 30 years. Her supporters say that charter schools give parents choices, forcing public schools to do better or risk losing students. She has spoken with parents of children who attend Grand Rapid’s Potter’s House Christian School, who sacrifice to have their child in a safe environment, where they can learn. She at her husband would spend their time there, realizing that they had the resources to send their children to the best schools, but many parents do not. DeVos and her husband, Dick, provide the school with significant funding through their family foundation.

 

People in western Michigan know DeVos as a kind, compassionate woman, while people who do not know her call her insulated. Friends point out that she and her husband don’t just give Potter’s House Christian School their time in volunteer hours. DeVos isn’t insulated; she’s helped parents find stable housing, mentored kids and talked to them about going to college. It is the practical help offered by someone who isn’t insulated from life’s problems.

 

Many people do not know that DeVos spent 15 years serving as a mentor for at-risk students in Grand Rapids. She worked with students, their parents and teachers, which made her realize that where a student lives determines the quality of his or her education. DeVos knew this wasn’t fair, which is why she promoted school choice policies. According to DeVos, these choices could, include home schooling, vouchers, digital learning and charter schools. Husband Dick DeVos established a free charter high school with an aviation focus in Grand Rapids.

 

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Alex Pall and The Personal Journey of The Music behind Chainsmokers

Chainsmokers, the dynamic duo that is behind hit songs like ‘Roses’ and ‘Don’t Back Down’ is a brand that’s becoming widely appreciated across the world. The men behind the music, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are two men passionate about the music they work on and about growing as artists.

Alex Pall talks about how the duo’s passion for the music they were creating and how they spent their days working on their music and focusing on creating their identity. In a genre that includes some of the most talented musicians, and one industry where there are newer musicians every passing day, Chainsmokers have decided to come out from behind the turntables and even go as far as writing and singing their own lyrics.

The duo believes that this is one of the many things that set them apart, giving the music their own twist. With each of them striving to break past the mould of what techno or dance music means and working with talented artists like Coldplay and Halsey giving each of their songs a new take on stories connected to themselves. It is important for them to tell stories about their lives through their songs. Each song is something that relates on a personal level with them as well as the person listening to the music. It’s that personal connection that has garnered a following for The Chainsmokers across the world.

It’s not just about creating music, Alex and Andrew have an interesting perspective on the music business. Talking about how most people in the world are listening to songs that were created from a while back. How the artist has already moved to a different stage when the listener is connecting to their song that’s currently out.

They note how ‘Closer’ the song Chainsmokers have done featuring Halsey is about personal experiences Andrew had growing up and how it was a pleasure to work with her. In Alex Pall’s words, Halsey is unapologetically her and that’s the kind of artist that Chainsmokers would like to work with.

The duo stressed how they thrive under the good kind of pressure that having different songs like ‘Closer’ with Andrew singing poses challenges to them when it comes to performing them live but they look forward to handling such challenges on their next tour.

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