Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trump and education of my children

Most fearful thing, that I was apprehending of Trump administration had to do with education. My son has been fortunate to have his primary education under Obama administration which was raising the school education for American children consistently through common core- a national level standardization for school education. Trump wants to dump it because he said, common core had issues- which is partially true because I found teachers are not prepared well for it. Only students who have well educated parents were benefiting. For rest it was not making much difference partially because teachers were not trained well for new syllabus. This is one of the many cases, where Obama had fantastic good idea but as his signature trademark, execution was poor. But nevertheless, for families like us, Obama's education policy was doing great for my son.

Trump raised his kids well and so far whatever, I learned about him he does have keen interest in upbringing of children in very strict manner. By replacing common core, Trump wants to get back to original days in which a school district will be formulating the school syllabus. It used to be that way and American school education was sliding down. Reason is simple. School districts have limited budget. They can't afford experts that department of education can have. They can't build the software that department of education build to evaluate the progress of the students. Even most of the decent republicans like Jeb Bush wanted to continue with common core. It is also because of common core, Saas like IXL emerged to evaluate progress with the kids automatically. Despite its poor execution, common core is a great idea.

Now it is difficult to say what Trump will do. One good thing about him - he is smart and open minded to learn what works and what doesn't. He changes position based on what he "thinks" is good. He already rolled back on Obamacare. Hope he will role back on common core as well by keeping its key provision while allowing the school district to do more complimentary education with common core.

I am hoping best for the America's future. Obama had good ideas and objectives, but his execution is pathetically poor. He is not a good executive. Trump on the other hand is much better at execution. Therefore it will be best for the country if Trump keeps some of the successful ideas of Obama while improving it with better execution. I think that is going to happen.

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