In his address to the Republic National Convention Tuesday night in Cleveland, Donald Trump Jr. had a lot of praise for his father, the now official Republican presidential nominee, but offered nothing positive for the hard-working teachers of America.
This is what Donald Trump Jr. had to say about public education:
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.
Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they are stalled on the ground floor. They are 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.
You know why other countries do better in K through 12? They let parents choose where to send their own children to school. That’s called competition. It’s called a free market and it’s what the other party fears. They fear it because they are more concerned about protecting the jobs of tenured teachers than serving the students in desperate need of a good education.
They want to run everything top down from Washington. They tell us they are the experts and they know what’s best.
The Daily Kos reacted this way:
Public schools are one of our greatest success stories, though you would never believe it by listening to candidates from either major party. A fake crisis has been created by those who would like to profit from education, people such as the testing industry and those who are selling management of allegedly public charter and online schools. The politicians who glibly talk about restoring education decisions to local school districts are the same ones who are promoting charter and online schools that do not have to open their books to the public and can spend taxpayer money with no accountability.
Our schools do remarkably well for the most part, except for those that are located in areas where crime and poverty are the norm. The public schools are handling more students to whom English is a second language, more students with physical, mental, or behavioral conditions and more students with a nomadic existence who move from one school to the next, never staying long enough to establish any type of educational normalcy.
The people who have been responsible for the successes of public education have been the teachers, many of whom have remained in the classroom despite low pay, poor working conditions, and diminishing respect as they remain under attack from self-serving politicians.
NEA President Lily Eskelsen García responded on Twitter:
If your education policy is to blame & insult those professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping students, you just don’t get it.
Listening to a man who was born into obscene privilege lecture dedicated, hard-working educators abt what is best for students is something.
Read entire reaction in the Daily Kos:
Jul 19, 2016 9:30pm PDT by rturner229 The speech given by Donald Trump Jr. at the Republican National Convention tonight was easily the best one that has been delivered in the first two days. Trump and his sister Tiffany humanized a candidate who has made himself into something of a caricature as he bullied his way to the top.
Comment on Facebook:
“They certainly do not deserve to be attacked by people who have no idea of the challenges teachers face every day.”