During his recent visit to Iowa, former President Donald Trump spoke on a range of issues, including education. He laid out his vision for American schools, which includes implementing universal school choice, changing the curriculum, electing school principals, and dismantling the U.S. Department of Education. Trump believes that these changes are necessary to save the country from destruction. Republicans, such as Trump’s potential rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, have also focused on culture wars in education to attract voters.
Trump praised Iowa leaders for creating a school voucher program, which aligns with his executive order on federally funded private school choice. He stated that as president, he would fight to expand parental rights in every state in America. Trump voiced his opposition to schools promoting “critical race theory,” “transgender insanity,” or any other inappropriate racial, sexual, or political content on children. He promised to cut federal funding for schools that promote such ideas and to not give federal funds to schools that mandate vaccines or masks from kindergarten through college.
Trump promised to focus on getting kids back on track regarding student achievement after school closures caused by the pandemic. He supported the direct election of school principals by parents and believes that breaking up the Department of Education is a simple task. Furthermore, he criticized the content being taught in schools today and expressed his opposition to allowing transgender students to participate in sports based on their gender identity.