Joe Fagan

Former Soccer Star, Now Soccer Fan


July 27, 2017

Expanding Educational Opportunity: Betsy DeVos Gives and Serves

The 21st century poses many challenges to structures once thought to be tried and true. In a world where the velocity of change continues to pick up speed, old structures, bureaucracies and institutions will fail unless they adapt to an ever-increasing tempo. Nowhere is this truer than in the education of the next generation. As industries evolve, streamline and—in some cases—die, today’s students face challenges from peers at home and competitors abroad. Guarantees of future security are no longer ironclad so thorough preparation of children and youth becomes much more urgent. Betsy DeVos was made for such a time as this.

Confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education in February, 2017, Betsy DeVos brings a passion to her post born of long experience as a champion for children and their parents. She is the daughter of a successful entrepreneur and a public school teacher, and she reflects both of those callings in her own life’s work. Having served as chairman of the Windquest Group, an investment management company, she understands the meaning of stewardship and the importance of prudent decision-making. Yet it is her time with the Grand Rapids, Michigan public school system that may be her primary motivator. Serving as a on-site counselor for 15 years, Ms. DeVos saw firsthand the educational disparities imposed by a one-size-fits-all system that fails its at-risk students. Helping those struggling young people has occupied her time long before she assumed her current post. Through the family foundation she led with her husband, Dick, DeVos was instrumental in founding a high school with an emphasis on aviation; spearheading a national campaign for educational choice; inaugurating a competitive festival for young artists from all over the world; and boosting research in and treatment of pediatric cancers.

This philanthropy is not the result of random selection. In many communities, needy families are deprived the excellence, challenge, encouragement and safety found in other schools, both public and private. Betsy DeVos understands how vouchers for private schooling enhance not only a student’s future prospects but also competition among institutions and districts. Through charitable giving and political activism, Interview with Betsy DeVos, The Reformer | Excellence in Philanthropy has aided the cause of educational reform in Florida, Louisiana, Indiana and her home state of Michigan. At the core of all of this grassroots and legislative activity is the firm conviction that the present information age will leave 20th-century educational models behind. Technology gives greater impetus to alternatives like vouchers, charter schools and homeschooling. Now a cabinet officer with the power to make even more of a difference, she is poised to champion these promising options at a national level—and on a world stage. In my opinion, her political ascendancy is timed perfectly.

March 20, 2017

What Jim Hunt Of VTA Publications Says Of Uncertain Economics

The world has seen some unexpected events take place that have caused unsteadiness in the markets, including the election of Donald J Trump to the presidency. The market took a bit of a downfall upon election day, but it’s since regained its footing and now has seen an increase in the DOW and Nasdaq indexes. Jim Hunt VTA Publications has seen these fluctuations in the market before and has taken his YouTube audience back in time to show other election cycles where the NYSE and other world markets have taken downfalls. Hunt believes stocks will be strong both in the banks and in the industrial sectors of the US and world markets thanks to Trump’s policies on Ideamensch.

Studying the markets and executing trades is something that Jim Hunt has studied at great length. He’s helped many first-time investors become versed in financial terminology and learn how to stock trade, but he’s also helped many longtime investors rethink their strategy. He’s the founder of VTA Publications, a UK-based publishing company that has put together materials for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors. The material they’ve published includes information on retirement from the bible, education in stock chart use and trading and even DVDs of seminars Jim Hunt VTA Publications has hosted featuring some of the world’s brightest businessmen.

Jim Hunt started a YouTube channel in addition to VTA Publications where he shows his audience the activities in the stock markets, and whether to expect a bear or bull market to hit. He also takes them through each trade and shows them how he executed it. To show his audience the simplicity of investing and stock trading, he started two programs in conjunction with VTA Publications titled “Wealth Wave” and “Making Mum a Millionaire.” “Wealth Wave” is a method that he shows his audience of how to make money by placing two phone calls during a bear market. And “Making Mum a Millionaire” shows the power of 10 stock trades that could lead to someone becoming a tax-free millionaire by simply choosing the right stocks. To find out more about Jim Hunt or to order distance learning materials from VTA Publications, visit vtapublications.co.uk.

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