Trump Sets New Education Priorities

President Trump is striking out in a new and positive direction on education. Look at this from a website called Red Alert Politics by Ryan Gidursky.

Members of the Trump Administration met with CEOs of more than 50 companies on Tuesday morning to focus in on how they were planning on reforming various sectors of the economy. For the first time, Ivanka Trump and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross gave specifics on how they were focusing on reforming education and employment opportunities for millennials.

Ivanka said that the administration was focused on two types of educational reform, pushing K-12 schools to teach more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) training and, secondly, on reforming vocational training.

“We’re looking at the role of vocational education in particular apprenticeships,” Ivanka said before praising the way Germany and Switzerland promote that training in their respective countries, focusing on students splitting their time between a classroom and on-the-job experience at a company.

OK, this is great.President Trump is proposing to do exactly what the liberals who control the public schools have been diverting us away from for decades:

*First, president Trump wants these schools to focus on science, technology, engineering and math, which will prepare students for higher-paying jobs. Yet what have these schools been doing since the 1960s?

They have been moving toward a hard-left agenda of gay studies, black studies, feminism, multiculturalism, ‘global warming’, political correctness and every other sham. It is not education; it is indoctrination.

Trump wants these schools to do the job that they are being paid for. The average public school teacher today earns $43 an hour and often gets the fullest possible pension and benefits. They usually get lifetime job security except for the most egregious violations. Their typical goal is to work 30 years and retire at age 53.

Along with millions of conservatives, has been recommending for many years that schools return to a rigorous STEM curriculum, along with critical skills like reading, writing and communication, and study of American history.

Instead most schools have gone the other way because it is much easier to do and it is more in tune with the radical political disposition of the teacher unions.

One of the leading causes of poverty in America today is our failing public schools. When tens of millions of kids have left these schools without even a basic education, it has led to serious economic problems. Then the same leftists and liberals who control the schools complain loudest about poverty and demand government programs to address it.

Since the 1960s the bureaucrats and teacher unions have been producing worse and worse results, while getting more and more money. American public schools now spend more than $12,000 per student on elementary/secondary education, or 30% higher than the international average, while US academic achievement has fallen significantly.

Thus money is not the problem. The public school bureaucracy is the problem. Private, parochial and charter schools produce generally much better results with lower teacher salaries, smaller administrations, and lower overall costs. Home schooling produces great results for no cost whatsoever to taxpayers.

*Second, president Trump wants to bring back vocational training. This is crucial to rebuilding the American economy. When was in public high school in the early 1970s there were strong vocational programs for boys who did not plan to go to college, training them for real-world jobs like carpenter, mechanic, electrician, welder, etc.

Over the last 30 years, however, these programs have been marginalized in the media and in our culture, and even suspended by school districts.

Commerce secretary Ross said: “I’d like to challenge the people in this audience to come up with the best way to label vocational (training). I think (vocational education) needs rebranding in two dimensions. One with the young people themselves because ‘vocational’ has taken on a pejorative meaning, and the other is with parents. They have a revulsion that their offspring might have to actually work with their hands or not go to college. We need to change both mindsets.”

Amen, secretary Ross. For instance, blacks have never been told to get vocational education. Every black has been told to “go to college”. Yet today plumbers and electricians are often making better salaries than college graduates, including millions of graduates who don’t even have jobs, while millions of vocational jobs have gone unfilled for lack of skilled workers.

This negative mindset about vocational training has coincided with a propaganda campaign by the media and the university elites to convince students that they all need a very expensive college degree.

The universities then have gouged millions of students with outrageous tuitions that have risen at three times the rate of inflation or more, while leaving students with degrees that have often proven worthless. It has all been a massive wealth-transfer scheme to the academic left as millions of college graduates have sunk into perpetual debt.

*Third, president Trump wants to focus on apprenticeship. The millennia-old tradition of apprenticeship has been ignored and maligned in modern-day America. Yet apprenticeship is still strong in nations like Germany, which has a robust manufacturing economy.

But apprenticeships have faded as industrial jobs have fled the US. Trump wants to reverse both trends. Good.

Apprenticeships are the most efficient way to build the crucial manufacturing economy, yet we often have seen a backward approach. Here is a typical story:

The state of Vermont has seen an exodus of young people over the last 30 years for lack of jobs. The problem was that the liberals who control the state have been driving jobs away for decades with an anti-business attitude and punishing ‘green’ laws, so there could be no apprenticeships in the first place.

The Vermont state legislature responded in 2007 with a new program for job training, but this is backward. Job training is easy to do, particularly if it is funded by the state. It looks like something is being done, yet those who get trained may not necessarily even find work, or find work in the field that they trained for.

Apprenticeship, on the other hand, puts the young worker directly into a functioning job that needs his/her skills. It is very efficient.

Secretary Ross said that big businesses do a good job creating some kinds of apprenticeships, but that small businesses have more difficulty and that that is where the Trump administration will focus its efforts.

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