Education has always played a major role in the life of Success Academy founder Eva Moskowitz who spent a long career passing through various educational institutions as she sought to continue her education in its most effective form.
The issues seen by Eva Moskowitz in the Harlem public school system prompted her to run for office in local government on a series of reform policies in Harlem and across New York; the Johns Hopkins graduate became known in political circles for her skills as an investigator who was known to look at every possible aspect of the Harlem public school system as she set out to create a better experience for students across Harlem and the 32 campuses across the state of New York.
Eva Moskowitz founded the Success Academy in 2006 and has seen the Harlem school become a national blue ribbon educational institution, one of only 200 across the U.S. The founder of the Success Academy has seen the school outperform Harlem’s public school system in terms of test results, but for Eva Moskowitz the need to build positive members of society is far more important than simply achieving academic success; the academic achievements of Eva Moskowitz saw her become a History professor and an important member of the Prep for Prep group that provided mentors for gifted students from minority backgrounds. Using her own knowledge of the education system has seen Eva become a major part of the national education reform movement as the charter school system she founded is now seen as a major part of the success achieved in new York and beyond on behalf of students who may not have been able to achieve similar levels of achievement in the public school system.
The Success Academy has been a major success for Eva Moskowitz and the thousands of students who attend these charter schools on a regular basis where a common sense approach to school is being taken. One aspect of education that has been addressed at Success Academy is the return of an education focused on the children, not on making it as easy as possible for adults to operate the public school system in the easiest possible form.
Every child needs an education but not every child needs to have the same exact education through the public school system that is severely broken. The kids who attend public schools do not get the best chance at the greatest education possible and Betsy DeVos knows that. For that reason, she wants to change the system and make it so that every child – no matter their economic situation – is able to get the education that they deserve. She knows that the system is broken and, as the Secretary of Education, she is going to continue working on fixing it by using all of the different options that she has curated throughout her years as a philanthropist. She wants to make things better for children so that they will be able to get the best education possible and something that will work for everyone.
DeVos recognizes in her education beliefs that not all children are able to learn the same way. For that reason, public education is not the best for every student and some are losing out on what they could be learning if they only had the opportunities that other children had. Devos wants to make it so that children will have the chance to choose between which will work for them. She also knows that parents know their children far better than any school system will and she wants to make sure that they are going to be able to use that to their best advantage.
It is important to note that the education system reform that DeVos has come up with is aimed at tailoring different education options at the individual students. She wants all kids to be able to go to public school or a charter school if that works better. She was one of the biggest supporters behind education choices when the idea first became well known and she continues to push to make it an option so that children will have a better chance at a good education. Even though the idea was somewhat radical at the time, she still stood behind it.
Part of her ability to see where people should be and the way that children should have opportunities comes from the philanthropic ventures that her and her husband have created. They have worked with children who are underprivileged and who do not have an educational choice. She has seen firsthand how economics influence education and she wants to put an end to that. With the charity work that they have done, Betsy DeVos has made huge strides in the changes for these kids and with the different options that they have to choose from public, charter or even private schools. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.