Betsy DeVos: Divisive And Powerful

There are a lot of words that one could use to describe Betsy DeVos. In fact, it kind of depends on who you are speaking to as to how they would go about describing Betsy DeVos. It turns out that there is a pretty big divide between those who like her and what she stands for, and those who do not. She is a divisive political character to say the least.


Tough And Smart


One of the things that irritated Betsy DeVos the most as she was going through the confirmation process to become the next Secretary of Education was that she was so often painted as being ignorant in the media. They made it out to be that she was being handed a bigger job than she was capable of honestly handling. This bothered her to no end.


The interesting thing about DeVos is that she doesn’t really see the point in responding to criticism about herself that she doesn’t believe is accurate. She breaks from the President in this fundamental way, and this is just another influence that helps to shape the personality of this woman in totality.


Kind And Giving


While there is plenty of evidence that DeVos has the smarts to do just about any job, there is also a notion that she is very charitable and giving. She has donated plenty of money towards causes and efforts that she believes in. This is important because it points to the larger fact that she is not someone that you can explain in one simple sentence. You would be doing yourself and her a disservice to try to be that simple about things.


DeVos and her husband are known to be very pleasant to speak with in person. They are the kind of people that you would want to have over for a cookout or something of that nature. She has a face you can trust and a manner of speaking that puts you immediately at ease. This is why it is so difficult for anyone who has met her in person to not like her.


Powerful For Some Time To Come


Betsy DeVos has been able to hold on to power and avoid any of the political fallout from numerous scandals that have befallen other parts of the Trump Administration. She clearly has a pretty good finger on the pulse of the American people and what they expect out of her.


She has done a great job of anticipating criticism and refusing to respond to it when it would be to her disadvantage. That kind of discipline is not something that you find all that often. Luckily, Betsy DeVos is not just another politician that is easy to figure out.


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Issues Brought Out after the Rocketship Education Critique

The National Public Radio (NPR) recent commentary that critiqued Rocketship Education, a public charter school located out of California has got many people talking. Many people have been sharing their views on the story on Facebook and Twitter among other communication platforms. There is a certain group of people who have admired and defended the critique while others have immensely supported the school administration and its undertakings.

Those who defended Rocketship said the about 4000-words story lacked balance and scope in its coverage. In addition, those supporting Rocketship chain of schools felt that the NPR story didn’t paint a complete and justified picture of the institution. Many suggest that the story focused on the challenges faced by the institution without robust supporting facts.

Richard Whitmire, a journalist and Rocketship writer suggests that NPR should not have compared Rocketship Education with neighboring institutions. Many supporters felt that the story depended on problems experienced at the network and these issues are also experienced in other charter schools in the nation.

The NPR piece looked at issues such as how students use technology, how classrooms are managed as well as how work is allocated. Unfortunately, these are challenges Rocketship Education and many other schools across the nation whether public or charter face.

In the NPR piece, it painted a punitive picture of Rocketship’s classroom management undertakings where the school allows children to have bathroom breaks. Those against the piece felt that the “silent break” as well as the bathroom break was paramount as each learning institution has varied culture, routines and ways to maintain student discipline.

The classroom management approaches used by Rocketship are also present in other public and charter schools nationwide. Many back their ideas saying that when classroom management become overly confrontational, it can send hidden messages to learners. Hence, it is better to find the right balance when it comes to classroom management.

On the time spent on technology, NPR piece said that students spend 80 minutes on computers and sometimes on a single program. Rocketship Education management defended itself saying that student spent that time on varied programs essential at their academic levels. Those supporting Rocketship felt that this is an issue affecting many institutions and it’s upon each school to adapt to the better use of technology and have the best-qualified teachers to aid its learners.

About Rocketship Education

Rocketship Education also known as Rocketship Public Schools is a non-profit charter institution founded by John Danner and Preston Smith in 2006. It was widely recognized for being an innovative alternative institution for low-income students. It has grown over the years and today there are numerous networks of schools operating in Milwaukee, Nashville, and Washington.

Guggenheim Approves of Michael Lacey

Michael Lacey is the protégé and mentor of the world renowned mathematician Walter Philip. Michael Lacey was able to complete his doctoral work in 1987 when he was only 28 years old. He has become influential mathematician on the world scene due to his work in probability as well as iterated logarithms. Most of this work has been done in harmony with his mentor Walter Philip. He is also push the boundaries of harmonic analysis and increased understanding in the two areas of probability and ergodic theory.


Michael Lacey would take a job at Louisiana State University right after he graduated from the doctoral program. He would also work at the University of North Carolina while he waited to get tenure. This did not stop him from pushing math to its limits. He worked alongside Walter Philip to published several papers in peer-reviewed journals probing their central limit theorem. After such probing, they have been able to guarantee its certainty by 99.9996%.


Michael Lacey would take another position for seven years at Indiana University. Because of his excellent work in harmonic analysis he would become part of the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship gave him tenure and he then continued studying and working with the bilinear Hilbert transform.


In 1996 he would gain the position of his dreams. He will be calm the lead professor of mathematics at none other than Georgia Institute of Technology. During his time here, he will be awarded one of the Guggenheim Fellowship grants. These grants are only given out to 200 people every single year within the countries of the United States of America, Canada, the Caribbean, and South America. Over 4000 people applied that year and he was one of the 5% of people who earned that grant.


The Guggenheim Fellowship gave him a grant of $42,000 in order to pursue research midcareer and keep his skills up-to-date. Michael Lacey continued solidifying that he is one of the greatest mathematicians ally by being recognized by the Simon foundation. To set it in stone he entered the American mathematical Society Fellowship.

Former Professor Donates $1 Million to Orange Coast College

Retired Professor Mary McChesney has long been part of Orange Coast College, both for her contributions as an educator and her continued participation in its role as a staple of the community. Having spent more than 30 years in their language department, instructing English and Spanish, McChesney continues to contribute to the college with a donation of $1 million to go towards the completion of their new planetarium.


McChesney, who is 91, has stated that Orange Coast College continues to be an institution of learning that she very much respects and sees as important to the student body and those living in the area. The construction of a new planetarium can only contribute to that reputation by engendering interest in astronomy as a field of study. For that to happen, McChesney gladly donated $1 million in Adelyn Bonin’s name, a fellow professor at Orange Coast College and her late partner. This donation will go towards the construction of a Foucault pendulum, helping to simulate the rotation of the Earth for demonstrations.


McChesney’s donation has been greatly appreciated by Orange Coast College Foundation’s Executive Director Doug Bennet, but in a recent statement he pointed out how she’s continued to be a respected figure for her commitment. Though McChesney retired in 1983, she has continued to be part of the college’s foundation, helping to decide its direction and even allocate funds for scholarships. That she would also choose to be so generous with this donation is just another example of her commitment to education.


Orange Coast College expects to open the doors to its new planetarium by Fall 2018.


About Orange Coast College:


Orange Coast College (OCC) has been a leader in higher education for the Southern California community of Costa Mesa sine 1947. This includes upwards of 130 academic programs made available to the tens of thousands of students that enroll each semester, many of which take advantage of OCC’s technical offerings.


OCC has consistently ranked first in Orange County for having its students continue their education at higher institutions like University of California and California State University schools across the state. Other students seek out other education opportunities in private institutions or travel beyond the state.


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