Trump will reform our crippled education system and take the power away from the bureaucrats in Washington.
Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has made a point to reform the ineffectual education system that has made America’s students fall under the weight of debt, competition and incompetence. The average American student’s overall performance in academic testing has dropped in world standing. It’s not due to lack of ability but due to a system that is failing its students.
“A lot of people believe the Department of Education should just be eliminated. Get rid of it. If we don’t eliminate it completely, we certainly need to cut its power and reach. Education has to be run locally. Common-Core, No Child Left Behind, and Race to the Top are all programs that take decisions away from parents and local school boards. These programs allow the progressives in the Department of Education to indoctrinate, not educate, our kids. What they are doing does not fit the American model of governance.” – Donald Trump
In actual terms, the average K-12 student is just handed-down standardized booklets designated by the Department of Education. Thus, it is no surprise that the effects of Common-Core have been detrimental to students. The Department of Education runs top-down in a one-size-fits-all system. That is wholly ineffectual and downright negatively affecting the health of academics in the country. As Trump has explained and test results show, we spend more per student than any other nation in the world. Yet the results show the United States has fallen to 36th place in mathematics and places just above the 30th spot in sciences.
As Trump has stated and one could easily agree, “Common-Core is a disaster”.
In order to stem the disastrous effects of Common Core on compulsory K-12 education, Donald Trump has pledged $20 billion to help expand school choice programs. That’s where parents are able to choose what school their children attend. School choice is deliberately handed to a parent’s right to choose their son or daughter’s school, and one that best suits their child’s needs. This means that ineffectual systems that enable teachers, who have time and time again failed their students, have to essentially prove their worth in a highly competitive academic environment. Or they will need to assess their teaching strategies in order to best suit and qualify their students.
“I’m a tremendous believer in education, but education has to be at a local level. We cannot have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child’s education,” Trump said in a statement.
For Trump, who is an advocate on education, this is simply the first step.
The need to combat the piranha-like government system that sees college and university students as willing victims, is the next step in dismantling this very system. A system that has willingly indebted millions of young Americans in an unfathomable risk to competitiveness, innovation and lack of entrepreneurial-ship. Donald Trump’s second step in education reform tackles the obscure manner in which the government is granted a way to profit from students. As stated recently by him,
“The big problem is the federal government, there is no reason the federal government should profit from student loans. This only makes an already difficult problem worse. The Federal Student Loan Program turned a $41.3 billion profit in 2013.”
Trump continues by stating, “They’re in college — they’re doing well but they’ve got student loans up to the neck. They’re swimming in these loans.”
As the presidential candidate told The Hill during an interview in July, shortly after he entered the race, these student loans are probably one of the only things that the government shouldn’t make money from, and yet it does. In the mean time, the results mirror the way schools continue to raise their tuition every year. These loans should be viewed as an investment in America’s future. Not as a cash grab to dump into Obama’s 19 trillion-dollar debt abyss. The fact that the government earns a profit from post-secondary education, taken directly from the pockets of young students, is highly ineffectual and unethical. It’s dangerous in maintaining America’s standing in the world. Which is something that is evident in America’s lack of competitiveness in an entrepreneurial world.
“Competition is why I’m very much in favor of school choice. Let schools compete for kids. I guarantee that if you forced schools to get better or close because parents didn’t want to enrol their kids there, they would get better. Those schools that weren’t good enough to attract students would close, and that’s a good thing.” Trump stated.
Today, the only companies that are truly competitive (considering America’s true competitive potential), are major corporations. The ones that generate major profits for major lobbying power.
Hillary Clinton has been a big campaigner on education for a long time. But it seems as though the tides of her career goals have made her grant concessions that leave students behind. Her goals for the education system, as recently stated, are simply to call on new spending on public schools and classrooms, increasing teacher’s salaries (whether ineffectual or not), and adding computer science programs.
And if Hillary hasn’t realized yet, this isn’t 1994, and this isn’t her husband’s campaign; most students are equipped with computers, even if just on their smartphones.