Washingtonian

What Betsy DeVos Means For Home Schooling Families

Published February 22, 2017

Leading up to her confirmation as Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos rankled enough Americans to provoke 1.5 million calls a day to Senate offices; Vice President Mike Pence was forced to cast an unprecedented tie-breaking vote to approve her the other week. Much ink has been spilled over what the pro-School Choice politician means for public and charter establishments, but what impact might she have on families who educate their children at home?

The 59-year-old philanthropist, businesswoman, and education activist hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan–which is also birthplace of her Christian Reformed Church. That faith is rooted in the Calvinist Dutch Reformed tradition which foregrounds community and confession. This matters: in the 1980s, the face of homeschooling permutated from a lefty rejection of Capitalism to a conservative Christian movement when influential evangelicals like James Dobson and Tim LaHaye began promoting the practice out of concern about the pernicious effects of secular education in public schools. Conservatives battled in the courts until it was legalized in all 50 states in 1993…read more here.

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