On November 15, Cornerstone College welcomed The Honorable Betsy DeVos as November’s esteemed Neighborhood Chapel speaker. Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, president of Cornerstone, moderated the interview on religion, friendship and public engagement. Throughout their dialog, DeVos mirrored on the centrality of the Christian religion in her life’s work, the important relationships that supported her all through many years of public service, her modern imaginative and prescient for schooling, and the method of discerning her vocational calling and being accessible for brand spanking new management alternatives at every step alongside her journey.
DeVos has a longstanding nationwide repute as a thought chief, an innovator and an schooling reformer. She served because the eleventh United States secretary of schooling from 2017 to 2021, and she or he continues to advocate for offering households with the liberty to direct instructional selections for his or her kids and opening extra doorways for grownup learners. In 2022, she launched her first guide, “Hostages No Extra: The Combat for Training Freedom and the Way forward for the American Little one,” with Middle Avenue of Hachette E-book Group.
“I by no means got down to be a Republican celebration state chairman; I by no means got down to be secretary of schooling,” shared DeVos whereas reflecting on the unfolding of her vocational path. “What I did got down to do was attempt to assist households with kids who needed one thing totally different for his or her kids’s schooling however couldn’t afford it due to their financial circumstances.”
DeVos remembers turning into interested by politics as a school pupil. In 1976, she labored as a “scatter blitzer,” producing help for Gerald Ford to win a full time period as a U.S. president. She recounts the affect of Paul Henry, her faculty professor and a multi-term Michigan congressman, as a key catalyst in sparking her engagement in public coverage and inspiring her to dwell out her religion in Jesus Christ in each side of her life.
Whereas a younger father or mother, DeVos acknowledged the significance of transferring values to the subsequent era and the essential position of schooling. Dedicated to giving households entry to high quality instructional choices, DeVos’ work has impacted college students throughout the nation.
“No schooling can occur with out some type of worth set being taught,” DeVos mentioned. “And arguably within the realm of Okay-12 schooling right this moment, over the past variety of many years, now we have gone additional and additional away from the ethical foundations and the tethering concepts and traits that must be transmitted to the subsequent era.”
Halfway by way of the dialog, President Moreno-Riaño recounted two views from an August 2023 New York Instances opinion article on America’s elevation of Ivy League colleges titled “I Don’t Suppose Harvard Was Good for My Soul.” In response, DeVos affirmed the significance of schooling — and the “ethical tethering” of the methods’ establishments — in college students’ ethical formation.
“I’m actually grateful that Cornerstone actually takes this severely and is intentional about creating the entire individual and never pretending that we’re simply subdivided into items and elements and that we solely tackle a type of elements by attending a better ed establishment,” DeVos commented.
Though her management roles and duties have modified lately, DeVos stays resolute in her unwavering method to treating people with Biblical virtues.
“It’s a troublesome time in our nation’s historical past, however I’ve nice optimism that the rising era goes to step into roles of management and duty which might be going to assist change that trajectory,” DeVos concluded.
Watch a video recording of the chapel message from November 15, 2023. To hearken to extra chapel messages and obtain notifications of latest messages within the collection, comply with Cornerstone College Chapel on Spotify and CornerstoneU on YouTube.
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