This year’s presidential campaign has been pretty interesting. The candidate who seems to stand out the most out of all is Donald Trump. He is an American businessman, television personality, author, and politician. Many of you may know him for making racist remarks about Mexicans, Blacks, and Muslims. You may also know him for his idea to build a wall between the Mexican-American border.
However, some agree with what he says.
When it comes to education, according to the press, Donald Trump believes that education should be at a local level. He believes that the “bureaucrats” in Washington should not tell you how to manage your child’s education. Donald Trump has stated,“ They’re in college — they’re doing well but they’ve got student loans up to the neck. They’re swimming in these loans.” Trump has also stated that the government should not be making money on student loans since he believes that education is important. “I’m not concerned about the kids growing up in wealthy communities, where high property taxes have allowed them to build great schools, hire the best teachers, and provide all the supplies they need. Those schools are doing fine,” Trump writes. “In many urban areas, however, schools must fight for every tax dollar and are forced to have teachers and students bring in their own basic supplies such as pencils and paper. That’s a national tragedy.”
Furthermore, Donald Trump wrote a book called Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again. In this book, Trump states that he wants to get rid of the Department of Education or at least cut it power or reach. The Republican candidate rarely discusses the issues of education on the campaign trail. However, he dedicated the fifth chapter of his book to the system of education’s “failing grade.” Trump then goes on to suggest that creating competition between schools by letting the parents have more freedom choosing schools for their children, these failures would be fixed. Donald Trump calls for weakening unions of teachers to make it more facile to close weak schools and fire teachers who are ineffective. In the book, Trump seems to praise charter schools for having a system of accountability, not present in public schools where he claims, “There is no way to take an honest measurement of how they’re doing.” He also wants to, “. . . restore rules about behavior in the classroom,” so troublemakers don’t steal from their classmates of learning time.
On the contrary, some may not agree with his ideas. Some agree more with Hillary Clinton’s ideas. As a president, Hillary Clinton will work to ensure that children in the United States have the right to have world-class education, including high-quality preschools. She states that, “We need to strike the right balance on testing-with fewer, fairer, and better tests for elementary and secondary school students. And we must support teachers with the training and resources they need.” Hillary Clinton says that we have to make sure education is available and affordable to everyone. She goes on to say that we need to make college affordable so you don’t have to borrow from the government and pay off the debt of student loans. Clinton opposes voucher schemes since they divert precious resources away from public schools to private schools that are not subject to the same quality of teacher or accountability standards. For the future, Hillary plans to put forward a plan that proposes debt-free college that is available to all. She wants this to happen since American families are drowning in debt due to the ever-increasing cost of college.
In the end, people will vote for what and who they believe in. Everybody has their own perspective on this current issue. Education is important, as it will always be.
Editor’s note: Victor, thanks for being part of our class, even though it was not for long enough. We will miss you. Our best to you always.