“Think as I think,” said a man, “or you are abominably wicked; you are a toad.” And after I thought of it, I said, “I will, then, be a toad.” ― Stephen Crane
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Trump praises the work of Catholic Schools.
THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON
February 3, 2017
In recognition of National Catholic Schools Week, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of the dedicated Catholic school administrators, teachers, priests, and support organizations who work tirelessly to build and sustain quality Catholic schools across the Nation.
The theme of this year’s National Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” I appreciate the many ways in which Catholic schools nurture devotion, impart wisdom, and minister to the 2 million students who enter their halls every day. and to the diverse communities they serve.
Congratulations for the tremendous work you have done to educate our Nation’s youth each and every day. Your continued and sustained efforts are vital to our success and prosperity as a country.
DONALD J. TRUMP
This is the letter that President Trump issued in praise of the work that Catholic Schools. It is all of a piece with the direction he wants education to move based on his appointment of the Education Secretary Besty DeVos. She is a proponent of charter schools and alternatives to the public education model that has failed so many million children.
It is very fashionable for people who went to Catholic School to knock it and talk about how it sucked and damaged them for life. Well I got news for you. It wasn't the school. It was you. Sure there were excesses. Sure the Nuns and the Brothers might have smacked you around. But you deserved it you little bastards. If somebody had smacked around the millennial s they wouldn't be the little snowflake pussies that they are today.
I am for School choice. I think vouchers should be issued to every parent so they can send their kids to the school that reflects their values. It could be a Catholic School. A Yeshiva. A Bible school. A Madrassa. A secular humanist gluten free academy. It will be the one thing that would serve to bring the most people out of poverty. You see the teachers will have to produce or get fired. They can not just punch a clock the way they do in the public service system. It is not for me or you to tell parents where their kids can go to school. If they want to send their kids to a school where there are not a bunch of knuckleheads that you have to keep in class because of some bullshit rule. Look you can't save everybody. But we can do a better job targeting people. Some of those trouble-making knuckleheads are not up to the academic tests that frustrate them and make them act out. Track them into trade schools. Let them work with their hands. Old school style. Not every body has to go to college to study Black Studies or Women Studies or some other bullshit that means you can never get a freaking job.
Trump is a direct contrast to Obama who when he was in Ireland said that they should close Catholic schools because they "divide the people." Trump is not afraid to praise traditional American Institutions and do what he can to bolster them in their mission.