The philanthropist and veteran faculty-reform advocate who served as schooling secretary less than President Trump suggests the Covid pandemic was an inflection point. “During the past two several years, the failings of the college program have been laid bare to people in a way like by no means ahead of,” Betsy DeVos told me by cellular phone on Monday. “I consider it is hastening the second in time when we will be in a position to get major coverage alter applied to help households and kids instead than the method.”
That “system” is the issue of Mrs. DeVos’s new book, “Hostages No Much more: The Struggle for Education Flexibility and the Long run of the American Kid.” The title is taken from Horace Mann, the 19th-century politician and educator who is broadly credited with founding the public-college apparatus. “We who are engaged in the sacred trigger of instruction,” Mann at the time wrote, “are entitled to search on all mother and father as getting presented hostages to our induce.” In a e book that is aspect memoir and portion university-reform manifesto, Mrs. DeVos would make a persuasive situation for freeing the hostages.