LeBron James is in the news for his philanthropic efforts with the opening of his “I Promise” public school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The state of the art elementary school is cutting edge in every measure. His efforts make those made by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos pale in comparison, despite the latter being an appointed to oversee public education on a national level and with millions more in resources.
Because of the shining example set by James in comparison to the apparent lack of effort by DeVos, people are envisioning LeBron James in the position of Secretary of Education. 11,000 people signed an online petition to make that dream a reality, although James has expressed zero interest in working in politics or the federal government.
LeBron James is being celebrated for his endeavor to open the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, and deservedly so. He’s in step with other great athletes who’ve used their resources to impact thousands of lives. LeBron James Speaks at the Opening of the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio.
The petition, which is directed at President Donald Trump, praises James and criticizes current Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: “LeBron James is an inspiration to kids all over the country. He’s shown he cares about America’s youth and understands the power of public education in helping children meet their true potential.”
11,000 people have signed a petition to make LeBron the U.S. Secretary of Education https://t.co/xYBKU7n7jN
“We want every kid that walks through this school to be inspired, to come … away with something, something where they can give back. For kids, in general, all they want to know is that someone cares. And when they walk through that door, I hope they know that someone cares,” said James in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon.
Despite the unlikeliness that this will ever happen, it says a great deal on two fronts; the first is LeBron’s reach as a potential catalyst for societal change and the federal government’s abject failure at creating equal educational opportunities for all.