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Wednesday, February 01, 2023

With a Ron DeSantis run on the horizon, Donald Trump announced his intentions to privatize education and restrict academic freedom.




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In a video recently released by Donald Trump outlining his education policy plan for his presidential campaign, he appears bathed in darkness and flanked on either side by sagging American flags. "Our public schools have been taken over by the radical left maniacs," he brays. "Here is my plan to save American education, restore power to American parents." He pledges that when he returns to the presidency he'll cut funding for any educational institution "pushing critical race theory, gender ideology, or other inappropriate gender, racial, or political content onto our children." He goes on to promise Justice and Education department prosecutions of "any school district that has engaged in race-based discrimination," especially against Asian Americans, in a frontal attack on the already endangered practice of affirmative action. He declares his intentions "to find and remove the radical zealots and Marxists who have infiltrated the federal Department of Education." His vows include assurances to "keep men out of women's sports," "certify teachers who embrace patriotic values," dismantle "the costly divisive and unnecessary diversity equity and inclusion bureaucracy," and establish "a parental bill of rights."

He's not alone. As Trump fends off a steady barrage of legal prosecutions and sees his support soften among the conservative base, a specter haunts the grounds of Mar-a-Lago: hardcore education demagogue and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has staked out the vanguard position in the right-wing school wars. DeSantis already sought to stamp out the sinister doctrines of CRT in statewide math instruction and signed "Don't Say Gay" legislation to halt gender-inclusive teaching initiatives. Lately, as he eyes his own presidential run, he's gone harder after the designated education bogeys of the right, pulling the plug on AP African American Studies classes and emptying school libraries of their collections, so they can be systematically reviewed for telltale accommodations to less-than-patriotic ideas or suspicious inclinations toward something other than a heroically white and straight message. Trump, now a full-time Florida resident, is no doubt fuming as he sees DeSantis run away with the resentment-filled playbook that he pioneered with his 2020 anti-CRT executive order.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2023-02-01 02:13 PM | Reply

The GOP is gearing up to running on eliminating public education, and all this brouhaha about CRT, "don't say gay" and teachers as "groomers" is the mechanism by which Republican presidential hopefuls aim to win over the suburban soccer mom vote:

But while egomania and affront are reliable driving forces of both Trump and the MAGA movement, this first policy initiative of the former president's second reelection campaign also attempts to fulfill a longtime agenda for right-wing education reformers: the privatization of American public schools. . . . .The overlapping outcries over CRT and gender inclusion are "a delivery vessel for the privatization of public education, a long-held Republican priority," says Victor Ray, the F. Wendell Miller associate professor of sociology at the University of Iowa and author of the recently published On Critical Race Theory: Why It Matters and Why You Should Care. "They're going scorched-earth with this--in Iowa, they recently passed a bill allowing private schools to get public funding. That will be something both Trump and DeSantis run on."

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2023-02-01 02:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

What do Republicans seem to have against an educated voter?

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-02-01 02:37 PM | Reply

fwiw, I intended to flag #2 as NW, not funny. Keyboard error on my part if the funny flag shows up.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-02-01 02:38 PM | Reply


#5 | Posted by YAV at 2023-02-01 02:40 PM | Reply


I know. One day I'll learn how to type....

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-02-01 03:29 PM | Reply

"I have in my hand, a list of 56 known Marxists that are teaching kindergarten"

#7 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-02-01 03:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

What he means is privatize education; make it into corporate owned profit centers that put money above people... students, teachers, and parents.

Won't it be nice to have education drop down to health care and poverty rate levels as leaders to the bottom of the list of every major country.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2023-02-01 09:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I'd flag #6 as funny but it doesn't take. My TCA was directed at the substance of the article Gal posted.

#9 | Posted by YAV at 2023-02-01 10:03 PM | Reply

Won't it be nice to have education drop down to health care and poverty rate levels as leaders to the bottom of the list of every major country.

#10 | Posted by YAV at 2023-02-01 10:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I'm a better Nazi than Desanctimonious."

Donald Trump

#11 | Posted by danni at 2023-02-01 11:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Another tune you may not have heard...

From Manfred Mann, yeah, the "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" group. But this tune is different...

Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Be Not Too Hard


Be not too hard for life is short
And nothing is given to man
Be not too hard if he's sold or bought
For he must do the best he can

Be not too hard when he blindly dies
Fighting for things he does not own
Be not too hard when he tells lies
Or if his heart is sometimes stone

Be not too hard for soon he'll die
Often no wiser than he began
Be not too hard for life is short
And nothing is given to man

I don't know why, but whenever this song comes up on a playlist here, I stop and listen....

Wish I knew why....

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-02-02 02:32 AM | Reply

Hey there creeper, leave them kids alone!....

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2023-02-02 03:18 AM | Reply

What do Republicans seem to have against an educated voter?

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-02-01 02:37 PM

Educated people don't vote for them.

#14 | Posted by Nixon at 2023-02-02 06:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What he means is privatize education; make it into corporate owned profit centers

The teachers unions are squarely against the GQP. The goal in privatizing education is to kill the unions. Then management can dictate salaries and benefits for the teachers. Teachers with 30 years experience will be earning $16 per hour and using food stamps like WalMart workers do, but no meat for you.

My parents always told me the GQP were no good and only interested in making lives of millionaires better. Their current platform of destroying education for the bottom 80%, killing social security and medicare, destroying affordable health insurance and pushing the tax burden even further on the middle class while giving massive tax cuts to billionaires just proves it.

Repbulcans are scum.

#15 | Posted by Nixon at 2023-02-02 06:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

The current GQP position is a struggle to be a bigger -------- than the rest of them.

All common decency is gone. All compassion is gone.

They are catering to the most vile people in the party.

#16 | Posted by Nixon at 2023-02-02 06:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Even some so called liberals think it's cool to attack someone's intelligence by saying they're the product of a public school education.

#17 | Posted by Tor at 2023-02-02 11:12 AM | Reply

Based on spending and revenue reductions so far, both the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan have added more to the debt than Trump's tax cuts have.

#18 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2023-02-02 12:11 PM | Reply

"The Republicans have always had a challenge that they were the party of wealthy Americans and business. The problem is wealthy Americans will always be a very small minority of Americans. So for wealthy Americans, they have to convince at least some nonwealthy Americans to support their platform. How do you do that? Well, you do it with issues of identity, their sense of threat, their sense of fear, their sense of the world is changing and "I'm being left behind." It's very effective."

Barbara Walter

#19 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2023-02-02 01:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Republicans see, to believe in training, not education in the sense normals think of the term. Don't respect it, kinda fearful of it, nope, faith and mindless bromides trump knowledge every time. They're just not into knowledge, unless it can be monetized ... for them.

#20 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2023-02-03 05:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Too many studies have pointed to educated people not voting for Republicans.

Looks like republicans are working on a solution.

#21 | Posted by ClownShack at 2023-02-03 05:30 AM | Reply

#20 "seem" not "see,"

#22 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2023-02-03 06:47 AM | Reply

What do Republicans seem to have against an educated voter?

While that is an obvious conclusion to draw, the fact is there has been a relentless attack on public education by racists ever since public schools were forced to integrate. Furthermore, the whole republican small government thingy also has its roots in the civil rights movement because the federal government as powerful enough to impose its will on states that weren't willing to provide equal opportunity, voting rights, etc. Racists/conservatives rightfully reasoned that a small government would not have been able to implement laws and enforce them.

#23 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2023-02-03 11:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#23 is spot on.

"Small government" doesn't mess less government.
It means smaller Federal government, bigger Local government.

It means a return to the Confederacy. Read any of the posts by Boaz about sovereign states and you'll see what I mean.

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-02-03 11:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yeah but he's a ------- idiot.

#25 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-02-03 03:21 PM | Reply

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