Education is a hot topic these days.
Students are being encouraged to take Trump’s controversial education course in order to get them more comfortable with a president who was elected by the American people and has repeatedly insulted immigrants, Muslims, women and other minority groups.
Some students are also being encouraged by some schools to take courses in “racial identity” or “homelessness” that can teach students that Trump was not just elected by people who are white and male, but was a white supremacist.
Trump has repeatedly said he wants to bring back “traditional American values” that he says are threatened by the multicultural society he wants America to be.
But what is Trump’s “Trump education?”
The Trump administration, however, says it is simply an opportunity for students to “engage with an engaging, respectful, and engaging teacher.”
“The President is not just a presidential candidate.
He is also the first American President since Franklin Roosevelt who has consistently demonstrated an understanding of the American ideal of individualism, integrity, and freedom of choice,” according to a statement from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
DeVos is also calling for teachers to “focus on what students need to learn to become successful teachers.”
“There is no one way to become a good teacher,” DeVos said.
“Students need to be able to take the same course, the same content, the very same approach, and then learn from each other.
And that is the way we’re going to bring students into the 21st century.”
Trump’s first week in office has been marked by a series of controversies, including his administration’s efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act.
But DeVos is pushing to put Trump in a more positive light, saying his presidency is the “best opportunity we’ve had in a long time for the country to come together.”
“When it comes to President Trump, there’s no one who has been more consistently supportive of the ideals of individual freedom and liberty and equal opportunity than the President,” DeVos told Fox News in an interview.
“And I think that’s why we’re seeing more students and teachers around the country taking this course.
So I think it’s an opportunity to engage with an engaged, respectful and engaging instructor.”
What’s behind Trump’s push to have “Trump” in school?
Some Trump education critics say that is an effort to “normalize” Trump’s administration, which is “really an effort by Trump to normalize himself and his agenda, to normalise himself, to give him the same kind of attention and recognition and praise and respect and approval he gets from his base.”
“It’s really a form of propaganda and it’s really an attempt by Trump, I think, to show he’s not a racist, that he’s really in touch with people of color and working with them,” said Robert C. Wood, a professor of education at Georgetown University.
“It is the kind of thing that the Obama administration did with his Race to the Top grant to get more white kids into STEM subjects.”
Trump has previously attacked the concept of “American exceptionalism,” which he says is being “threatened by multiculturalism.”
“If you look at what’s happening in terms of affirmative action and diversity in the sciences and the arts and everything else, it’s actually a threat to American exceptionalism.
And so I think what’s been going on is that the left is trying to normalizing and promoting a different version of America,” Trump said in February.
DeVos, who has championed Trump’s agenda, said in her statement that she has been “exploring the possibility of partnering with a school that would offer this course.”
“I am hopeful that this course will provide an opportunity and a unique opportunity for a student of color or anyone else who might want to explore the ideas that this President is talking about,” DeVos added.
DeVos’ announcement came as the Trump administration launched a campaign to recruit more students to attend Trump’s school.
The Education Department announced a scholarship program for students who would like to attend a Trump school.
“We are working with schools and communities to identify and recruit the best, most qualified, and motivated students in our nation,” the department said.
The Trump Education Department also announced a new $20 million grant program that will fund “tens of thousands of students across the country who are interested in attending a Trump-owned school.”