Trump, who graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, said that the federal government should not be “turning a profit on student loans”. Whereas his opponent, Hillary Clinton, has adopted her former adversary, Bernie Sanders’, plan for student loan reform, Trump has made no plans regarding student loans public.
However, Trump has made it very clear that he plans on making severe cuts to federal education spending. Despite falsely claiming that the United States spends the most money per student of any country in the world (Luxembourg does), Trump stated that he would do away with Common Core standards in favor of more localized educational standards. To do this, Trump wants to do away with teacher’s unions in public schools. Most of Trump’s complaints against American education stem from the false idea that public schools are no longer “competition based”, ignoring the fact that colleges are becoming more and more selective and tougher to get into year after year. He claims that schools have become preoccupied with building up self esteem of students and thus, students have suffered.
One of the most frightening ideas Trump has presented is his opposition to the DREAM Act, a piece of legislation that was reintroduced in Congress and voted into law during the Obama administration. The DREAM Act allows undocumented students to stay in the United States if they meet certain criteria (they must have arrived to the United States before the age of 16, have graduated from an American high school or obtained a GED, and resided within the United States consecutively for five years after their arrival) and allows them to study at state schools and allows them to pay in-state tuition fees. If Trump were to undo this piece of legislation, countless college students would be forced out of their respective colleges.
Since Trump has not released concrete plans for most of his campaign proposals, including his limited proposals on education, there is little to examine, particularly when compared with Clinton’s proposals. Despite this, from the little Trump has said, it is clear that the plans Trump has for America’s education system would only serve to hurt the most vulnerable members of society.
-- Caty Seger