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Dr. Saad Saad Talks About His Career and Making His Family Proud

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Dr. Saad Saad granted an interview on the eve of his retirement to talk about his long history in the medical field and in life. In the interview, he revealed what transformed him from the child he used to be into the child that would become the man he is today. The words were spoken by his father in times of great turmoil. He was a young boy in Palestine when Israel went through a political change. His family was taken from their home and sent to the West Bank, and it all happened in a flash.

His mother and siblings were not sure what was going to happen or if they were going to be given the opportunity to return home. Saad’s father was not home when this extraction happen, and the family was torn apart for what seemed like forever though it only took the father a short amount of time to find his family. There was no doubt that the family was suffering after this drastic moment in time. Saad’s father was obviously worried, but he had something that kept him going and that was knowledge. His father was a petroleum mechanic, which was a very important job. It did not take him too long to find a job and provide for his family once again.

At that moment, his father’s words truly transformed Saad and his siblings. Saad’s father told them that education is vital in this world. He told them that pursuing knowledge and truly attaining a profession that matters to people is one way to secure an honest livelihood in this world. No matter what happens in the world, having knowledge to fall back on makes all the difference in the world.

All of his fathers children became successful in various careers. Two became surgeons like Dr. Saad and two are doctors. His older brothers joined the engineering community of the world while another became a teacher to help the young dream bigger just like Saad’s family did.

Dr. Saad came to the United States after traveling to a number of places in the world like Egypt and England. Both of those locations were great to him, but something about America just felt right to him, which is part of the reason he made it his home. It was here where he finished his education and became a full Board Certified Pediatric Surgeon in this country.

Saad practiced medicine for 47 years and they were great years. He helped families have healthier children. He saw young impoverished children in Jerusalem leave his office healthier after providing free care in the many Medical Missions to Jerusalem that he participated in. In essence, he saw his father’s dreams come true through his accomplishments and that made him feel good inside. Learn more: https://medium.com/@dr1saadsaad

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Betsy DeVos Fights the Good Fight

Betsy DeVos is well-known for her philanthropy (http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/interview_with_betsy_devos), Christian devotion and concern for children. Her advocacy brought her into the world of politics, first in Michigan and now at the national level. For many career politicians, she seemed like an unusual choice for Secretary of Education. But since her appointment, she has shown herself to be a real fighter. DeVos is making real progress, even in the face of sizeable obstacles.

DeVos has never shied away from conflict when principle is at stake. DeVos has been shocked by the deterioration in public schools over the past several decades. As a mother and a Christian, she believes that children deserve more. Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick, have used their fortune to advocate for change in the crumbling Michigan schools for years. It’s a personal quest on their part, because they remember the system before it started to deteriorate. They believe today’s kids deserve the same opportunities they had.

They became advocates for vouchers, and eventually opened their school. Under their watch, children didn’t just learn to take standardized tests. They developed leadership and problem-solving skills. They developed good character. When she saw these results, Betsy DeVos became even more committed to the cause. When President Trump called, she was easily able to show him that she’s the right person for the job.

When DeVos transitioned to the national level, people weren’t sure what to expect from her. Initially they discounted her, because of her politeness and pleasant demeanor. They had no idea that she was a born politician. In Michigan, people learned to fear her because she had such resolve. In a fight, DeVos gives everything she has. That’s not limited to her family’s money. She has a fine mind and a gift for strategy, too.

Betsy DeVos was appointed by Donald Trump not because of her wealth or connections. It’s because she gets things done. DeVos does not shy away from confrontation. For example, though she is not a supporter of unions, DeVos reached out to teachers’ union leaders early on. Although some have snubbed her, others have agreed to accompany her as she tours public schools.

The education establishment is finding that it’s best to work with Betsy DeVos, not against her. She is not bothered by media criticism or comedians making jokes at her expense. DeVos knows she has a job to do. She knows she has the tools to get it done, and she’s not afraid of anything.

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