Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Strong opinions about Trump, DeVos from Colo.

Often kids who can’t vote yet understand the electoral and campaign processes and some aspects of governing the land of the free better than adults who’ve been voting for years.

Kissing camels in the Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs, Colo. (Voxitatis)

So lest anyone think the election didn’t affect schools or students, we’ve found plenty of op-ed pieces by US students since the election of President Donald Trump, including this one from Broomfield High School in Broomfield, Colorado, written in The Eagle Way, the student newspaper, as part of an ongoing series entitled “The Eagles of Broomfield.”

“I hate Donald Trump,” reporter Emily DiGregorio quotes fellow student Jacob Hahn as saying. “He claims that he is an outsider, and claims that he is going to transform, but really he is not.”

And the top of the ticket was just the stuff that got this student’s motor running. In addition to talking a little about Mr Trump, this student laid into the president’s cabinet picks, especially the energy and education secretaries.

Our current Department of Energy is run by a man who is a nuclear physicist, who has experience and a degree from Stanford University. Our upcoming is going to be a man who has no understanding of nuclear physics, no understanding of electricity or energy uses, and only got the job because he paid a lot of money.

With our upcoming secretary of education [Betsy DeVos], I am happy that I will no longer be in the public school district because our public education is going to be completely changed forever. She and her family have paid $200 million just to the Republican Party, which is most likely the reason she got this job. She could not even answer questions when asked about public education laws.

She was arguing that guns should be allowed in schools and claimed that there are schools in Wyoming that have guns to protect against bears; but when the schools were asked, they said they do not have guns at all in their buildings and instead have other forms of protection against bear attacks.

He’s particularly opposed to the support Ms DeVos, the new education secretary, has thrown behind Christian ideals. “The issue with that,” he says, “is that you have private schools that teach creationism or Christianity and they are getting funding from the government even though they are not required to meet national standards like all public schools are.”

If private schools, which don’t receive the same level of funding from federal sources as public schools do, don’t have to meet the same accountability standards, that’s fine, he says, as long as they don’t get the same level of funding. But sending money to schools without imposing the requirement that they meet federal accountability standards is “outrageous”: “They should not get government funding because it is not preparing them to be a citizen; it is preparing them to become a Christian citizen,” he said.

From the mouths of US students …

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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