A lot of people have taken the absolute wrong tactic when it comes to understanding Betsy DeVos. They like to think that they know her simply because they have seen her on television. They believe that the way that the media shows her is the way that she always is. That is exactly the wrong image you should have in your head of her.
On television Betsy DeVos comes off as a partisan figure that stops at nothing to pursue conservative principles. The truth is a bit more complicated than that. Understanding her in a more complete way is the best way to determine what your true feelings are about this dynamic character.
Betsy DeVos has been put on the record as being someone who will meet with people who disagree with her politically. In fact, this is one of the very first things that she did upon being confirmed as the newest Secretary of Education. She didn’t wait around for the exact right political moment or make some big show of things for the camera. Rather, she just wanted to meet up with some of the leaders of teacher’s unions to hear what they had to say.
Teacher’s unions are not the most natural allies of DeVos. One of the leaders actually refused to meet with her, but she was not phased by this. Instead, she took it all in stride and continued forward with the meeting with the one union leader who actually did show up. She still wanted to hear about what they had to say and how she might be able to use their insights to make education in America better.
This is just one example of how Betsy DeVos has shown the world that she is not the kind of person that everyone assumes she is. In fact, she might just surprise you more often than not if you really start to pay attention to the actual things that she says.
DeVos was a controversial pick for Secretary of Education to say the least. She only got confirmed by the Senate in the most narrow of votes. It required that Vice President Mike Pence step in and cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of DeVos for her to get across the finish line. That is why many people start with the impression that she is controversial. However, they should perhaps take a bit more time to review what she is really all about before they decide on a particular opinion.
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