I guess President Trump’s signing of more resolutions to roll back his predecessor’s regulations specifically on government contracting, development on public land and education should be seen as prudent, right!?
Even though the two regulations concerning education (K-12) that measured teacher preparation training programs and school performance actually strengthens the assurances of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. Ironically, a bipartisan-supported law that was passed and then signed by President Barack Obama.
Mr. Trump says he was just “removing an additional layer of bureaucracy to encourage freedom in our schools”.
Encourage freedom in our schools!?!? huh. I don’t know what that means but K-12 education is the integral pipeline for skilled labor, and most students still seem ill-prepared for post-secondary education, let alone skilled enough to enter the workforce and receive decent wages. While most employers complain about a growing shortage of skilled and qualified applicants in the labor pool, there is no shortage of articles and studies that speak to the perception. This excerpt from A World Report U.S. News article that was sponsored by JPMorgan Chase exemplifies the situation.
This is the case in many industries especially those that require a basic understanding of science, technology, education or math. As a result, even as the unemployment rate continues to fall, millions of Americans are still without a job, underemployed or stuck with a low-wage job without a career path partly because of this mismatch.
Then there is the profit motive and business model of all post-secondary education. By the way all colleges and universities are for-profit, bottom-line. The following excerpt of an article The Atlantic put out begs the question on who’s responsible for the shortage of skilled workers expound on the lack of social cohesiveness between the two industries that are practically dependent on each other.
Differing views of effectiveness
That difference in perspective is unsurprising considering how poor the line of communication is between the worlds of business and education. Educators lack incentives to interact regularly with employers because of the metrics that are used to evaluate post-secondary education. They emphasize enrollment levels and graduation rates, rather than employment in field of study or the average time to graduation.
This is where the mismatch lies. and furthermore companies don’t feel that the onerous is on them to be responsible for addressing educational improvements and proffering advisement on a minimum set of skills that should come out of the education system. In all fairness they are trying to run a business, even though the incentive is there it should be imperative of the Department of Education to bridge this gap.
The government should ensure that public schools are at a minimum setting a standard mark of quality education for the success of their future tax revenue base. If not then they are allowing social ills to creep in which is most evident today with inequality.
Which leads me to believe that the President is not relying on logic and rationale in his first 100 days in office. Trump is simply being vindictive towards President Obama’s tenure in office. The campaign promises made were all in an effort to win and steal the limelight and follow through on the mischaracterization of President Obama and to carry out the misrepresentations of Obama era policies. A Wikipedia entry posits this sort of behavior succinctly.
Social psychologist Ian Mckee states that the desire for the sustenance of power motivates vengeful behavior as a means of impression management:
“People who are more vengeful tend to be those who are motivated by power, by authority and by the desire for status. They don’t want to lose face”. __ Ian Mckee., Social psychologist.