U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is visiting Nebraska’s two largest cities today as part of a multi-state “Rethink School Tour”.
DeVos says, “We are encouraging everyone to rethink school, to rethink how we do school for kids because if you reflect on it school hasn’t changed much in the last century, century and a half. Kids going back to school today go back to very similar situations and yet the 21st Century has brought about a lot of changes in every other part of our life.”
DeVos understands that change is difficult and people are resistant to change. However, we have to do right for our students and for too many years too many have been left behind. She says this tour is to highlight what is working and to encourage other education leaders to break the mold and be creative when it comes to teaching and learning.
DeVos visited Nelson Mandela Elementary School in Omaha this morning. In Lincoln she will tour St. Mary’s Catholic School and the Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program. DeVos spoke at Midland University’s Omaha campus last night. Later today DeVos’ tour takes her to Kansas.