The 5 things Donald Trump thinks about parents

It’s real and it’s staring us in the face. The school shootings and school security, the rampant sexual assaults on college campuses , the rise of white supremacy on college campuses and the rise…

The 5 things Donald Trump thinks about parents

It’s real and it’s staring us in the face. The school shootings and school security, the rampant sexual assaults on college campuses , the rise of white supremacy on college campuses and the rise of young men who think there is a competing “American way” — these are the trends that dominate American society. And with that comes thousands of school districts around the country whose school board meetings are being flooded with messages about these issues.

Yes, there are many school board meetings that are thoughtful, intelligent, even relevant and current. Yes, there are many school board meetings that are equally thoughtful, intelligent, even timely. But there are also many school board meetings that we never see in newspapers, we never hear of, and we never read about. These can be the places where a lot of students and educators who have done a lot of good in their communities have dealt with a lot of challenges.

If there are a school district where the tragedies that we see on social media are impacting student learning, the child care center, the campus nurses, the school arts program or the kids’ “In the Neighborhood” group — then I’m behind it. I’m going to pay attention to that. I’m going to look at things the way the public at large should be looking.

Those are the boards I’m paying attention to. Those are the boards that are under fire, that are making national news.

And the truth is, the public knows that they care about those things and feels they’re going to take action to at least address it, whether it’s local activism, local legislation, or maybe passing some rules and regulations. And while it’s natural to be focused on the task at hand — the 2018 budget, the 2019 budget, the preliminary warning on next school year’s enrollment — the same calls from the streets are still ringing out every day. Some are for increased spending and others want to do something about it. But yes, they care.

I’ll get into how I think parents, families, educators and administrators should act in these times shortly. But first let me just tell you that I am going to keep you posted on the community unrest going on in our school districts and share my thoughts on how we can be better.

Politicians, I will keep talking about guns and how they’re changing people’s mental health and how it can be broken.

On college campuses, I’ll keep talking about sexual assault and how these students are missing out on learning and having a productive college experience.

And where the tweets aren’t directed to help solve the problems and focus on solutions — they’re still more useful for distracting and gossiping about the topics.

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