Tim Cook and Other Leaders Contacted by Trump Administration for STEM Education Advice

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    Members of the Trump administration have begun contacting technology, education, and business leaders to ask for advice on "shaping funding approaches" for education related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in United States schools (via Bloomberg).

    Ivanka Trump is said to be involved in the effort, along with the president's special assistant for technology initiatives, Reed Cordish. The two members of the Trump administration held an hour-long conference call with these politicians, educators, and CEOs on Wednesday, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Laurene Powell Jobs, with Trump and Cordish specifically asking for advice regarding STEM education in public schools.

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    Not much else is known about the White House's conference call, but the STEM effort is said to be in the "beginning stages," with more outreach to experts expected to follow soon.
    Others reached out to for the conference call included Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, Accenture North America CEO Julie Sweet, Microsoft President Brad Smith, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and representatives from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Stanford, MIT, and Broward County, Florida, Schools.

    Tim Cook has been involved with, and spoken out against, the Trump administration since the election last year, beginning with a tech summit in December 2016 that involved the discussion of trade, immigration, and vocational education. In June, Cook and other CEOs met at the White House to hold talks that centered around using tech to reduce government spending. During those talks, Cook pushed for making coding a required course in schools.

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    Any help public schools can get. Seeking help of what most would call experts in their given business is better than the typical throw more funds at it.
     
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    Degenerate 'experts' like Cook and Zuckerberg just want cheap labor to exploit.

    The Trump administration could kill two birds with one stone by connecting immigration and education - when companies need lots of expertise in, for instance, AI, then the gov should should offer free education to (able) students who wish to learn about the subject. This would pay for itself in eventual taxes and stop endless immigration of STEM educated cheap labor.

    If companies start importing people or outsourcing, then offer education in the same realm.
     
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    Let's cut 9 billion from the education budget and ask companies to recommend an alternate source. Basically, well threaten the tech giants that if they don't help fund education, there will be no one educated in the STEM jobs their companies need.
     
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    Well it seems to me that you're not a fan of CNN. If that's the case - why is it so important that they publish a story about it. And then why the need to move the goalpost to it being a front page story? While important. And I do think STEM is important. Given what's going on in the world and in this country, I'm not sure I would deem it "front page" news.
     
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    Of the six top stories on CNN, three are transgender hysteria and three are Russia hysteria. The front page doesn't have the Trump education news, but it does have "Secret codes in gay masterpieces" and "Nestle builds factory for flavored KitKats", which are much more important.
     
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    We must be looking at different front pages...

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    On the same page... it's big news.
     
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    Ivanka Trump as a White House official. Nepotism at its best.

    Trump is a low information voter turned president.
     
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    Why is a failed shoe designer involved with this?
     
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    How about involving teachers? You want to know why education isn't working in this country? Ask the people on the front lines.
     
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    Agreed!
    Most will offer more substantive possibilities than adding money to the system.
     
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    Great idea, let's start with educating people on how to clean toilets and kiss the 1%'s ass so Trump doesn't have to hire foreign workers at Mar-a-Lago.
     
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    Indeed. I'm constantly amazed how many initiatives by corporations, governments, etc. have no involvement or input from actual teachers in actual classrooms; this one seems to have nominally involved some teachers (or at least "educators"), but I feel like companies like Apple could really move the needle if they threw themselves behind teachers rather than acted as a political proxy for schools and teachers.
     
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    So you want CNN to bump the front page stories about the surprise blindsiding of the Pentagon regarding throwing out transgender troops and the ongoing Senate debate about the nation's healthcare so that they can instead feature a vague story about a conference call that someday may result in changes to guidelines for school curriculum funding?
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    Transgender hysteria? These people are serving our nation, right now. They deserve to know what's supposed to happen with their lives. And what are YOU doing? Brushing them off while you sit at your computer doing nothing to help the armed services. Shame on you.
     
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    If this admin does one thing that is actually constructive and positive for the greater US long-term, I hope this is it.

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    I think his point was if this was a certain prior administration, the front page would be about positive things like this and Foxconn job creation. Instead, we have witch hunts like "rigging the election" and "Russian hacking" which even with the rabid attention it has received over the last 7 months or so by CNN, no supporting evidence has been found.
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    I understand his point. I just find it silly that out of all the stories that he could question why it's not on the front page of CNN - it's this one.
     
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    Fair enough. I just wish we could cover all Presidents equally, but I guess that would be asking too much!
     
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    Cover equally - or fairly?

    Because perhaps I'm just more politically involved now - but I don't remember any President being in the news this much and the time spent. I mean - perhaps when Bill Clinton was in the midst of his scandal. But the amount of airtime given to Trump, his administration and stories about him seems extensive. Perhaps I have selective memory.
     

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