An Educated Opinion

The Washington Post published this article, “Donald Trump Jr. trashes U.S. public schools (though he didn’t attend one)” By Valerie Strauss.

In that article she states, “Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t think much of American public schools — even though he never attended one.”

Why would he need to attend public school in order to have an opinion about them?

She quotes Trump Jr. as saying, “The other party gave us public schools that far too often fail our students, especially those who have no options. Growing up, my siblings and I we were truly fortunate to have choices and options that others don’t have. We want all Americans to have those same opportunities.”

This is not the usual political rhetoric, blaming educational failure on the lack of opportunity instead of blaming poverty.

Trump Jr. continues, “Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they’re stalled on the ground floor. They’re like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers, for the teachers and the administrators and not the students.”

A truer statement has never been made. Proof of this is the fact that more than 80% of the RCSD budget is spent on salaries and benefits while students are loaded into overcrowded classrooms in order to “lesson our carbon footprint” as we were told by members of the School Board.

Strauss quotes a passage from Trump’s book “The America We Deserve”, “We’re doing worse than treading water; we’re going under.” According to school-testing experts’ rule of thumb, the average child’s achievement score declines about 1 percent for each year they’re in school. That gives the expression ‘dumbing down’ a whole new meaning. Schools may be hazardous to your child’s intellectual health.”

Again, a very true statement. Our children are no longer learning to succeed they are being schooled to comply.

Trump Jr. may not have attended public schools but he is not wrong about their functioning.

Education is not a political issue it is a human rights imperative.

All children deserve an excellent education.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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