COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a visit to the Air Force Academy as part of her "Rethink Schools" tour.
The point of the tour is to talk to multiple school administrations in the country to change the way we teach our students. From the way desks are lined up to how teachers interact with students.
After traveling from a school in Denver, Secretary DeVos met with cadets at the academy. She says the Air Force Academy is a great example of innovation and the way she would like to see our schools. "I think this institution is a very fine example of approaching education in an innovative fashion. Not being satisfied with doing things the way they have always been done," says DeVos.
It was a very busy afternoon for DeVos at the academly Wednesday. She went inside the chapel, ate lunch surrounded by about 4,000 cadets and event participated in a flight simulator. DeVos says, "Clearly it it's a very different higher institution and at the same time it's really serving the needs of preparing them for a very full life beyond the four years here."
She even had a chance to speak with some of the cadets. James Brahm, a sophomore, says he wants to hear more about her ideas for certain areas of education. "I'm really excited to hear what she has to say about stem education in the United States," says Brahm. "I think it's really important that the next generation of Americans has a really strong foundation of stem both for our national security and the overall well being of the nation."
After her time at the academy, DeVos says she is honored to meet them. "They are very admirable and just going through the line here as they are awaiting their physical testing you can tell they are ready to go and are determined," DeVos says.
It is rare for the Education Secretary to get a warm welcome when visiting. In may she was booed on stage while giving a commencement address at a Florida College. Cadets showed no negative attitude toward DeVos and since this was held on academy grounds there were no protestors.
She will now travel to Nebraska to visit schools there ending her tour on Friday.