President Trump Signs Executive Memorandum Expanding STEM and Computer Science Education…

Earlier today President Trump joined with Labor Secretary Acosta, Education Secretary DeVos and Ivanka Trump to sign an executive memorandum highlighting expanded STEM and Computer Science education access to students.

[Transcript] – 3:04 P.M. EDT –  THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you all. It’s a great pleasure to be here with Secretary DeVos, Secretary Acosta, and Ivanka. I also want to express my appreciation to Representatives Bradley Byrne, Susan Brooks, Lamar Smith, and Virginia Foxx. Thank you all for being here. Thank you. Thank you very much for being with us. And Mimi Walters, thank you very much. Thank you, everybody. Thank you, Susan.

I want to just talk about leadership. It’s the most important issue. We need leadership in this country — women and girls and for every child in America, represented by all of the incredible students here today. These are great students. Are you all good students?

PARTICIPANTS: Yes!

THE PRESIDENT: Everybody has really terrific marks. Right?

Well, you’re doing fantastically. That’s why you’re in — I just said before the press came in: What’s the name of this office?

PARTICIPANTS: The Oval Office.

THE PRESIDENT: Every one of them knew that. (Laughter.)

As you know, the workplace is changing. We need to create new pathways for all our citizens to get the best jobs. When you get out of school you want to get great jobs, right?

PARTICIPANTS: Yes!

THE PRESIDENT: I’ve asked Ivanka to lead up the White House efforts on workforce development, and the initiative today is a critical part of that endeavor.

Have you seen Ivanka? Do you know Ivanka?

PARTICIPANTS: Yes!

THE PRESIDENT: Where is Ivanka? There’s Ivanka.

My administration will do everything possible to provide our children, especially kids in underserved areas, with access to high-quality education in science, technology, engineering, and math. Are you a good math student?

PARTICIPANT: Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Are you? Let’s see. What’s your strength in school? Science?

PARTICIPANT: Yeah.

THE PRESIDENT: Good science, right?

What’s your strength?

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you. (Laughter.)

In particular, computer science for grades K-12 — that’s so important now, right? It’s a whole new world. You got to know how to use those computers. Currently, more than half of high schools do not offer computer programming, and nearly 40 percent do not offer physics.

Now, do you have computer programming in your schools? All of you?

PARTICIPANTS: Yes!

THE PRESIDENT: How about you? Do you them in your schools?

PARTICIPANTS: Yes!

THE PRESIDENT: You’re all pretty good with the computers?

PARTICIPANTS: Yes!

THE PRESIDENT: That’s important nowadays. Greater access to STEM and computer science programs will ensure that our children can develop the skills they need to compete and to win in the workforce of tomorrow.

Who likes to win?

PARTICIPANTS: I do.

THE PRESIDENT: Anybody like to lose? I don’t think so. Oh, so a little wise guy back there. (Laughter.)

PARTICIPANTS: Better STEM education also means higher-paying jobs for American workers and families. You get out of school you get great — really great jobs — high-paying jobs. And we’re doing very well with the employment rolls today. You get really good jobs. And we want our amazing young Americans to fill these jobs, earn a great living, lift up their communities, and achieve their American dreams.

The directives I am sharing today, with Secretary DeVos at the helm, to make STEM education, including computer science, a priority for the Department of Education. Is that right, Betsy?

SECRETARY DEVOS: Indeed it is.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s going to be a big thing that you’re doing.

SECRETARY DEVOS: Absolutely, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: And that’s working out well?

SECRETARY DEVOS: Absolutely.

THE PRESIDENT: You’re moving on it incredibly.

The department will explore ways to add or increase computer science to existing K-12 and post-secondary education programs. It also establishes a goal of devoting at least 200 — listen to this number — $200 million each year in grants toward funding this priority. So that’s $200 million a year. Does that sound like big bucks?

PARTICIPANTS: Yes!

THE PRESIDENT: What do you guys think? It’s peanuts, it’s peanuts, right? (Laughter.) You’re going to say, “give us more.” Right? (Laughter.) You got to get more.

But now $200 million each year in grants, and that’s toward funding this very, very important priority. So with today’s action, we will help give our American children a pathway to success in the workforce of tomorrow.

Thank you, and God bless you all. And I really appreciate you being in the White House. And I know you’re going to take a tour in a little while, but we start right here in the Oval Office. But it’s an honor to have all of you, and someday you’ll be great students and you’ll be the leaders of the world — the United States and the world. Right?

PARTICIPANTS: Yes!

THE PRESIDENT: Would any of our representatives — maybe I’ll start with Betsy. Would you like to say something? Betsy DeVos, everybody.

SECRETARY DEVOS: Mr. President, thank you for your support of STEM initiatives, and especially to the students who are here today. Thank you for your commitment to your own futures. And with this initiative, we hope and trust that you’re going to have more opportunities to pursue the things that are most interesting to you and that will afford you the greatest opportunities for your future, and collectively for our future.

So thank you so much, Mr. President. And for all of the students: Good luck, and all the best in your studies.

PARTICIPANTS: Thank you!

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Betsy. And the Secretary has been working really hard to get this done. This is just one of many things, but you’ve been working really hard.

And, Alex, would you say a few things? Secretary Alex Acosta.

SECRETARY ACOSTA: Thank you, Mr. President. As the father of two young girls, I know firsthand how important it is to start early. And what’s so exciting about this initiative, from my perspective, is all the young kids that are going to be exposed to computer science and to coding and to STEM because, if you start early, it’s transformative, especially for young girls. I see that at home. It’s so important.

I’m excited to see all of you here. So, you know, it’s wonderful you’re here. And, Mr. President, thank you for doing this for all of us.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. Thank you, Alex. Great job.

Bradley?

REPRESENTATIVE BYRNE: Mr. President, I’m from Alabama. We started the Alabama Math/Science Technology Initiative almost 20 years ago, and we thought it was the thing of the future. Well, it’s a thing of the present, and your signing this today means a lot to young people and educators all over America. Thank you for this.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you. And Alabama is a great state. We love Alabama.

Susan Brooks.

REPRESENTATIVE BROOKS: Thank you, Mr. President. Hello, kids. I’m from Indiana. I was at 4th grade class last week in Carmel, Indiana — Mrs. McKay’s (ph) class in Towne Meadow Elementary, and they’re using computers all day long doing virtual field trips, learning instantly, and the teacher knows where their problems are right away.

And just so you know, the jobs of the future, we don’t know even know what they all are. And so because of technology, because of this funding computer science in class, you’re going to be ready. So thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Susan. And these are all very powerful people that are speaking, just so you know. Okay?

Now Lamar Smith.

REPRESENTATIVE SMITH: Mr. President, thank you. I’m chairman of the science committee in the House, and I just want to thank the President for giving a priority to STEM education and to computer science in particular.

In the last Congress, I introduced a bill that became law to expand the definition of STEM to include computer science, and I’m especially grateful to the President for emphasizing that. And Mr. President, good to be here.

THE PRESIDENT: Excellent.

Virginia.

REPRESENTATIVE FOXX: Well, as chairwoman of the education workforce committee, Mr. Speaker — Mr. President. (Laughter.)_

THE PRESIDENT: I’ll take Speaker, too. (Laughter.) Get things done.

REPRESENTATIVE FOXX: We are so proud of you for doing this. We know we have 5.6 million jobs available right now to our workforce, and many of them are unfilled because our employees do not have the skills they need.

So it’s wonderful to see us encouraging these young people to begin early to be involved in these subject matters. And we need to spread this idea throughout our culture for people of all ages, but we particularly, as others have said, want to get the young people engaged, involved, and excited about all of these subjects.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Appreciate it.

Mimi, where are you?

REPRESENTATIVE WALTERS: I’m right here, Mr. President. I’m Mimi Walters from California. I want to thank you very much for signing this legislation today.

I’m a mom of four kids, and STEM is very exciting. When I was in high school, computers were just getting into school. So we’ve come a long way, and it’s very exciting to see so many young kids here that are interested in STEM. So thank you very much for signing this today.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, and you’ve done a great job, and we appreciate it. You’ve all done a great job, and it’s something very special.

My daughter is here. Should we hear from Ivanka? What do you think? Yes? I think so, right?

Ivanka, go ahead.

MS. TRUMP: First of all, thank you all for being here. You are the future of innovators and entrepreneurs and engineers and programmers in this country. So it’s so exciting to see your enthusiasm.

But today represents a giant leap forward as we think about aligning the skills that are taught in the classroom with the skills that are in demand in the modern economy. So we’re very excited about today’s announcement and towards really focusing on the goal of putting Americans to work and making sure that all Americans get great-paying jobs.

So thank you all for being here, and I look forward to watching you all go on to accomplish many amazing and extraordinary things.

THE PRESIDENT: Thanks, Ivanka. And education is just so important at every level, whether it’s this or whatever you study.

And always remember this: Do what you love. Study what you love. You parents may want you to do something — and you should always listen to your parents — but try to focus on the things that you love, whether it’s in studies or when you get out of school. Do what you love and you’re going to be successful. Work hard, all of those things — but you have to follow your heart to a certain extent and maybe even to a large extent.

So when you get out there, make sure that you’re — you know, it’s very interesting. I say this a lot — do what you love — but then it’s not work. Because if you love it, it’s not working. It’s like a pleasure. So always follow your hearts, and you’re going to be tremendously successful people.

And you’re going to remember this day because it’s a special place. You’re in a special place, and very few get to come and see this, but I wanted you to see it today. It is a very, very special area of the world. It all happens here. And you’re here today, and it’s my honor to have you.

So go out there, work really hard, and do really well. Okay? And I’ll see you soon. We’ll see you soon. (Applause.)

So we’re going to sign. The question is, who gets the pen? Who’s going to get this pen? I’ll get you another one, okay? (Laughter.) You know, get me some additional pens, and while we’re going to do this, we’re going to give them out to the students. Because you’ll be the ones signing this in the future for future generations. All right, so if you could get me some additional pens. Okay, we’ll send them the good ones. (Laughter.) Not the bad ones, the good ones — like this.

(The President signs the memorandum.)

So we’re going to give this to a very special woman who has worked so hard on this, and I think that’s — are you ready for it?

REPRESENTATIVE FOXX: Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay, thank you.

REPRESENTATIVE FOXX: God bless you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: I think we’ll put her in charge of healthcare. I think we’re going to put you in charge. (Laughter.) It’ll get done, right? If we do the healthcare, it will get done.

Okay everybody. This is very important. Thank you all very much.

END 3:16 P.M. EDT

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68 Responses to President Trump Signs Executive Memorandum Expanding STEM and Computer Science Education…

  1. Probably not A WORD about this or even an image of this on tonight’s MSM fakenews stations, since it doesn’t fit their current narrative….if you know what I mean.

    I love our President!

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    • Beenthere says:

      Of course they’re not going to report it. It’s against their socialist agenda.

      More money to invest now, in this case the kids, less money for welfare & other dependency programs in the future.

      Liked by 7 people

    • dekester says:

      Cheers Mark,

      He truly is a very special man.

      Does he not make the rest of the politicos and hacks looked pitiful and impotent?

      God bless PDJT.

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  2. i love our President and his efforts to HELP ALL THE KIDS get a much BETTER EDUCATION.

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  3. Minnie says:

    Most excellent, Mr. President!!

    Thank you, sir, well done.

    🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸

    Liked by 6 people

  4. Publius2016 says:

    White House visit is an honor…seeing the Oval Office, priceless!

    Liked by 8 people

  5. Janice says:

    A President for all people! MAGA on America!

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  6. Fun watching him interact with these kids!

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  7. magagirl says:

    LOL, he said he would take the job as speaker of the house too and get things done, after Virginia mistakenly called PT Mr speaker 😂

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  8. Pam says:

    The kids seemed so enthusiastic about learning and very excited to be at the white house. This will be an experience they will never forget along with the wonderful education they are receiving.

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  9. Gil says:

    Here in CA, 4th graders were required to build a CA mission as a school project. It never had to be fancy, mine was pretty drab and I had to do it by myself. I liked doing it and there is an amusement park called Knotts Berry Farm that has some rather old professional models on display. Now there are kits and people get elaborate. The state just stopped foing them because its culturally insensitive, doesnt focus on gender issues, shouldnt be a family project, and sounds like its racist because it costs money to build(wth?). I am so disappointed with my state.
    I realize this is social studies and history, not stem, but at least POTUS is attempting to make gains for every one.
    L.A. Times write a very nasty editorial, read for the quotes and see for yourself the mindset:

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-california-mission-models-20170919-story.html

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  10. NJF says:

    Wonderful, thank you Mr. President. Those kids all have such big smiles!!!

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  11. Rev.Bro. Generik Broderick says:

    Kid with the handshake look is probably thinking,”Great! Now I can never wash this hand again!”MAGA!

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  12. Lady calls Trump Speaker by accident:
    “I’ll take Speaker too. Get things done.” flashes grin
    MY SIDES!

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  13. Mike diamond says:

    Thanks President Trump for taking care of the kids!

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  14. lepanto says:

    I am not sure what this thing is. Local school systems getting grants from the federal government, again? I need some more information about this. How is this different from ‘no child left behind’?

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    • Sharon says:

      Me, too. It’s now acceptable/admirable/laudable when the Feds manifest more control over education?

      Which is why local school boards no longer control hardly any of it – including the lunch rooms.

      I’m not automatically pleased-as-punch about this, am not sure I can articulate why at any length, but it’s part and parcel of top-down management.

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    • dfp21 says:

      It’s not appropriate for D.C. government to mess with education, EXCEPT to compete against foreign countries (CHINA, INDIA) who send their STEM graduates here to take our jobs. Promoting STEM nationwide is needed to save AMERICAN jobs.

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  15. chojun says:

    This is a somewhat unexpected surprise to see President Trump specifically target Computer Science.

    I hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from the College of Engineering at the University of Utah. I’ve been in industry since 2007 (10 years). What I can tell everyone here is that the industry is *STARVING* for skilled professionals in this field. There is _no_ match for American engineering anywhere in the world – outsourcing software development has been met with mixed results for sure. I firmly and completely believe that the lack of people with a STEM background is holding us back from realizing our true potential as an economy.

    What a great day to be alive under President Trump’s leadership.

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    • nyetneetot says:

      “What I can tell everyone here is that the industry is *STARVING* for skilled professionals in this field. “

      It’s an artificial deficit that an education program alone won’t fix.

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      • jbrickley says:

        In the early days of the Personal Computer revolution, most home computers either came with free software development tools or they weren’t too terribly expensive. Today the Apple Mac comes with a complete set of entirely “included” tools with only a $99/yr developer account so you can sign your applications to enter the AppStores. While Microsoft charges outrageous fees for their toolchain. Yes, some seriously hamstrung versions can be had for free but the suite varies from $499 to $2,999/yr or $5999/yr. The pricing model is insane and confusing. Yes, they offer student discounts but it’s clearly focused on schools. Meanwhile you can install Linux on an older computer and load all the developer tools which are all open source and free. Not to mention having the source code for the entire operating system and all the applications to pour over and learn from. These are the skills students need. To start writing actual programming code. It doesn’t have to be C/C++/ObjC at first, it could be Ruby, Python, JavaScript. What we need are industry professionals to visit schools volunteer explaining the professions and how it all works. At the least they could do educational videos, etc. You need to jazz the kids up, let them know what goes into making a video game or doing the special effects for Hollywood, etc., etc. You need to show practical application of mathematics. I used to love that show How It’s Made but just thinking about all the engineering behind those custom manufacturing line automations makes my head swim. I would have loved to see the engineers explaining it. My father taught the apprenticeship program at Pratt & Whitney for many years. He gave me a ring bound collection of teaching materials. It was chock full of common machinist problems and how to solve it using mathematics. I showed it to my high schools department head of mathematics and she was flabbergasted. She asked if she could make copies and I agreed. But it only ended up with the honors students. At Pratt & Whitney they were teaching high school graduates with zero experience all the skills they didn’t get in school from how to measure down to 10,000th of inch or smaller, algebra and trig, as well as other skills. My father did that for years. Pratt & Whitney was recruiting blue collar workers around the country via trailers parked in shopping centers. Taking applications. They hired many and trained them all. My father had to teach remedial math skills to get them up to speed to progress to the harder mathematics. This was in the 1970’s and early 80’s. Then Pratt & Whitney shutdown the apprenticeship program. Today, they outsource much work overseas but assemble everything here. I did get my tech school electronics class a grand tour of the factories before he retired. We saw all sorts of amazing things. The first 3D printers, Laser welding and cutting, robotics, water cutting, all the computers and PLC’s running it all. It was an amazing day.

        It’s time to call to arms the makers in these United States and get them involved in public schools. Not just computer companies and software firms but manufacturing and even the trades too. The iPhones are built mostly by hand when they could certainly be built by robots and machines. It is unfortunate that near slave labor in China is still cheaper than robots. But we will see, Trump seems to be getting there slowly and surely. He’s not wanting to upset the apple cart before the horse.

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        • jbrickley says:

          One new manufacturing tech that has a lot of potential in the US is additive manufacturing in the metals industry. Right now you can 3D print metal objects even advanced alloys using metallic powder and there is virtually zero waste. So instead of forging a block of metal alloy and then sculpting it by removing much of it you build it layer by layer with lasers. Vacuum the excess powder to be reused. Poof, a 3D metal part ready for demurring and polishing.

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        • nyetneetot says:

          In the early to mid 90’s, the software and hardware companies started pushing rapid development tools and languages that locked people into using only their products/platforms – only. The more schools these companies could get to buy the proprietary curriculum ensured future product line sales. This anti-competitive practice has evolved over time to the point that people think they create new and nifty products or services, but don’t realize it ultimately keeps an artificial market going.
          It also suppressed actual technological advances and has been nothing but a way to keep pushing horrible products into the market held hostage.

          However, this is just one factor of many that makes this allocation of funds pointless.

          When US workers receive the same training as people in other countries that don’t need to adhere to our labor laws and pay scales, who do you think gets the job?
          It doesn’t matter how many 4.0 GPA Comp Sci majors are looking for work. They still have to compete with people who setup IT staffing companies accepting less the $15 per hour minimum wage for offshore services.

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  16. Kroesus says:

    how about reforming the H1b OPM and other visa programs that are ABUSED by industry to uncut wages and limit employment to US students graduating EVERY year from colleges now

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    • chojun says:

      I think the verdict is in on H1-B. While the people who come into the country to work via these visas are good and decent people (almost universally), their technical prowess and leadership ability and creative/critical thinking skills are just no match for their American counterparts. It’s a cultural thing.

      And given the decline I’ve seen (locally) in H1-B usage I think many technology companies are silently agreeing.

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      • Kroesus says:

        LOL….they filled the lottery for the 85k OFFICIAL visas in 12 HOURS this year with another estimated 300k+ issued to colleges and nonprofits where there is no annual limit imposed…..say again how the program is winding down

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        • chojun says:

          My emphasis was on my local situation. I’ve seen much fewer H1-B people on the job in recent years here in Salt Lake. With that said, it’s always been the larger employers that I’ve worked for who take advantage of the H1-B situation.

          Because of the extreme shortage of qualified, experienced, trained professionals in the software/computing fields companies are having to directly compete with each-other in recruiting local talent. Because this talent largely doesn’t exist in reserve (we have zero unemployment in Software Engineering/Development), either they don’t expand operations or they go the H1-B route.

          I get emailed/called pretty much daily by recruiters and the consensus from them is pretty much that there is a shortage in the Greater Salt Lake area alone of around 13,000 professionals in the Software/IT/Hardware space. That is a HUGE limitation on the ability of the economy to expand as quickly as it otherwise would.

          The latest numbers I’ve seen is that almost 60% of new jobs are in the software/computing space and only 3% of graduates throughout the country are graduating with degrees in that space. So for now this is a major long-term problem and explains why H1-B is so attractive to companies that can afford it. But my general point in this is that if the talent were to exist in the labor force then the H1-B program would go away because it’s pretty much widely accepted (admittedly anecdotally) that H1-B recruits are not as high-quality as American-trained recruits.

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          • Signe says:

            Location, Location, Location. I used to do contract/travel nursing. I don’t know if they could make the package attractive enough for me to spend 13 weeks in Utah. I know it’s beautiful, but lacks a certain geographical factor. The ocean, a bay, port or sound.. I’m emotionally attached. I might not go in it but knowing its there is important.

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      • jbrickley says:

        The biggest users of H1-B are the contracting firms hired by American companies. These large IT companies are the ones gobbling up the H1-B visa lotteries and hiring these folks for less than half their American competitors. Then charging less to the American employers. I don’t know many American employers who do all the H1-B visa work themselves they just sign a contract with one of these firms. Cognizant, Infosys, etc., etc. I know both of those firms are on a big American hiring kick because they see the writing on the wall with Trump and know that eventually they won’t be able to bring in such large numbers of H1-B workers. So with Trump not really doing much yet, he’s already having a YUGE impact.

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  17. Sunshine says:

    A good group of serious students who deserve all the encouragement they can get.
    Well done, President Trump.

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  18. fleporeblog says:

    Those kids will have this moment today to cherish and share with their kids and grandkids. What an incredible opportunity for doing well in school. Our President is doing everything he can to get Generation Z ready for the jobs of tomorrow. There is not many Generations that will have the opportunity that Z currently has. From the Apprenticeship Program to STEM, the sky is the limit!

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  19. Archie says:

    +1 for this but -10 for job destroying visas for foreigners.

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  20. missmarple2 says:

    Sundance,

    Thank you so much for this little glimpse into the Oval Office. So much crazy on the internet today that it’s nice to see something so positive and normal. I loved how the President talked to the kids and included all of the officials for a little time to speak.

    And joking he would take the Speaker position too and get stuff done, well, that was worth hearing just for the humor!

    Now I can head to bed, feeling proud of President Trump instead of thinking about all of the ugliness I have been seeing today. Thank you!

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  21. Blacksmith8 says:

    I’d rather my tax money be spent on STEM skills and development than the stoopid menu put out my mooooose-shell

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  22. Watcher says:

    One of my daughters got a computer engineering degree at one of the top science and engineering schools in the Midwest.
    The HB2 visas kept her from working permanently for long. The hb2 program went from 62 in 1987
    to a high of 94,000 in 2008 has averaged around 50,000 to 70,000 since.
    I hope it is gone when these kids graduate. Has been turned into mainly a foreign owned industry.

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    • Kroesus says:

      you mean H1b (tech workers) as the H2b is for seasonal workers and is for less than a year at a time…..typical H1b visa holder gets a 3 year visa renewable to 6 and probable green card after that……H1b visas are issued for the worker’s employed to a specific company making them essentially indentured servants as termination at that company requires a new visa

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    • jbrickley says:

      She’s going to have to go where the jobs are and that is going to be challenging. If her education is pertinent she should start contributing to well known Open Source projects maybe even starting her own after awhile. That would help a lot in finding work and it builds real world experience at the same time.

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  23. Thanks, Sundance. How do you get paid?

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  24. wheatietoo says:

    When we have more skilled workers in STEM and Computer Science…then there will no longer be an ‘excuse’ to bring in foreign workers.

    I suspect that this was the reason for Pres Trump doing this.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      YES.

      There are other reasons, too, besides just jobs for Americans. President Trump ALWAYS has multiple reasons for doing anything like this. Remember – Trump is largely rebooting the JFK space race to get us back in the game, for a whole bunch of downstream reasons. This goes well beyond jobs NOW – Trump wants us to be competitive for the next half a century. That includes military, economic, scientific, medicine, AI – everything.

      So smart. I sympathize with the other people who see this as “top-down” federal mandates – yes – I agree. But in some ways this is “recovery from Obama” – it’s almost like emergency spending for recovery from a silent attack on the United States.

      Trump knows what he is doing here. So brilliant.

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      • wheatietoo says:

        Yep. Agreed.
        We’ve had a disaster-level onslaught of “top-down” interference in our education system…for so long…that the quickest way to fix the damage right now, is to go at it from the ‘top-down’.

        It’s like when the fed govt comes in to help an area after a ‘natural’ disaster.
        The local authorities are overwhelmed with the scope of the damage…and the feds can come in and speed up the recovery.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Yes! Just like Secretary DeVos zapping those Obama Title IX regs. No long, drawn-out “FEELZ” with the media and the public – just nuke ’em, top-down, and let the partial cheers from the sane part of the left be enough to justify. Gotta fix things on an emergency basis.

          I hope that all the STEM stuff means POOF – out goes “gender fluidity time”, replace with introductory fluid mechanics! 😉

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    • Kroesus says:

      common myth by tech industry for the last 20 years to import an abundance of workers and keep down labor costs……..US colleges ALREADY produce over TWICE the number of STEM graduates as there are yearly job openings and only 23% of BS or higher STEM degree holders work IN their field of study

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  25. sunnydaze says:

    What a shame that news won’t show this.

    It’s very uplifting.

    Guess the MSM doesn’t want that for Americans tho. They’d rather keep us pissed off and depressed.

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  26. sunnydaze says:

    Take the $$$ that the NFL gets from American taxpayers and give it to this and other education programs instead.

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  27. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Thank you, President Trump! 😀

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  28. trumpfan1 says:

    omg! why is there black students? trump is a racist . cnn says so.

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  29. hellinahandbasket says:

    Truth/Reality: We all know throwing money at the STEM field for education “opportunities” isn’t going to change one damn thing. If people with dark-skin and/or vagina’s were going to excel in the field before this, there was nothing stopping them. Cold-cash isn’t going to make a bit of difference, but it does look righteous and we can pretend we really believe this is the answer. If their lack of participation is because they are simply not intelligent enough, or they just don’t want to go that route …what in God’s name is wrong with accepting that? Sorry, but I’d rather live in reality, and this is not reality. I love my President, but I think he even knows this is pure BS, but did it to appease his daughter. #MAGA

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  30. daughnworks247 says:

    The problem in STEM is NOT a lack of money, it’s lack of company specific training for AMERICAN employees and a complete abdication by universities.

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    • Kroesus says:

      again NOT so…..the problem with the STEM field as in so many other areas with multinationals is a race to lower wages to maximize profits…..US colleges train some of the best tech students in the world and a SURPLUS every year at that for the available job supply…the problem is they want a wage commiserate with training and cost of living in THIS country not a 3rd world hell hole so our traitorous government happily obliged their corporate masters with a low cost alternative

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  31. daughnworks247 says:

    Our family’s STEM saga.
    Son is now a junior in college but this goes back to 9th grade, when “STEM” was being pushed by Obama. I bought in, like most parents, wanting the best oppotunities for my child.
    Boy oh boy, I was smacked in the teeth.
    It’s not about opportunity for the kids, it’s a lesson in persistance. It’s about bureaucratic control and fifedoms.

    9th grade – Son takes mandatory STEM class in our state. Teacher is so far-right he loudly proclaims, in church, ‘Computers are the great SATAN of our time.” No kidding. Class requires students to participate in one category (which was assigned) regional, state, national science competitions. My son was assigned three categories (and the most difficult) because he was deemed ‘valuable’ and would bring home MORE ribbons for the school. Honored but my kid was treated like a piece of meat.
    THAT year, was the first year for a small robotics team. Teacher would not allow girls on the robotics team. Son was not allowed on the team. Eventually, every member quit, son and buddies in boy scouts stepped in to save it. First regional placed 33/35 teams. They became angry and I got involved. They won state. School went to nationals for first time in 11 years. Team placed 10th/389 and won JP Morgan Venture Capital award for Excellence in Leadership. Son wins 1st place at state in all three events as well. Teacher missteps his national registration, not allowed to compete in those three events.

    10th grade – School program ended. Students were furious, son was Captain and feels responsible. School proclaims no advisor/no money. Son wins NASA grant + grant from local university for larger robotics team (FRC). I offer school $2K extra to any teacher willing to be advisor to the kids – no takers, husband and I become advisors. Son raises over 75K for team from local interests, shaves his head when he meets goal, makes front page of local paper 6 weeks in a row. Becomes Ambassador for NASA, attends regional and international competitions.
    School still complains about lack of funding. I joined grant writing service, create spreadsheet, drop 40 million dollars in potential grants on desk of school super, I’m will to write them, school rejects my offer. A decade prior, we did the same thing and brought home over 3 million to the district. Who refuses a wheel barrel full of money?
    Son wins 1 million dollars worth of software, w/ no fee updates for school, school refuses to register to claim the prize.
    I become regional scholarship chair for FRC robotics, helping about 4-5K highly performing kids apply for 160 million in STEM related scholarships. Puts me directly in touch with 185+ of top universities and admissions departments. TOTAL revelation. I called all the schools. First time they heard from someone from FRC in years. Often, less than a dozen kids apply for scholarships. Disappointing. I do in depth survey of 1K students and report results back to FRC in attempt to connect students to scholarships. Rejected.

    11th grade – Son wins slot at our state’s exclusive math and science school. Kind of education I could never hope to pay for even if it was available. He moves into the dorm, 200 miles away. Son offers to bring NASA grant to school, physics department is thrilled – school rejects because “we’ve found we know much more about what these children need than parents do”. Head admin is quoted saying, “I imagine myself the head of a small exclusive liberal arts college” – I cried the whole way home because I was so mad.
    School takes million dollar software package.
    Son, who won NSA scholarships to take two years of college level Mandarin, lines up an agreement with state university and state Department of ED to offer university Mandarin to math and science school teachers. Best univeristy in state will pay for professors, Chair of Modern Languages loves it, parents agreed to pay nominal gas expense – school rejects…. again.

    12th grade – Son continues to do well, earns 33 university hours thus able to skip a whole year of college, over the summer, he travels through 14 airports, spends only 7 days at home, because of scholarships BUT he is itchy and highly stressed. I continue as scholarship chair to FRC and partnered with recruiter for GameLoft, who is actively looking for new employees. She tells me all about H1B visas. She expounds on how bad computer science students, with degrees, really are, even from MIT/Purdue/GaTech, saying, “they simply are unprepared when it comes to basic programming”. She tells me about HackReactor in San Francisco.
    We check out Hack Reactor, son likes it. Plan is something like 14 weeks, 15 hour days, teaching computer science, ruby on rails, with 98% of grads employed within 3 months, average salary 100K+. I get involved with owners of Hack Reactor, propose location in our state, supply the grants, line it all up…. local school rejects….. rather let the building stand empty because the Hack Reactor program would be under control of a 501C3 and funds not available to school. Found additional grants/corp donations for after school programs/summer learning for art, essay writing, foreign languages, chemistry, bio, astonomy, general tutoring, etc. The building remains empty, and the roof leaks (I even found a company to donate the roof and more companies to pay for (name) each room for renovations).
    No go with the school…. again… protecting the fifedom.

    Freshman college – Son rejects computer science because of problems of others (Americans) getting a job. Goes into Mech Engineering. Son rejects offers from great universities, military academies, even rejects personal phone calls and pleas from my Senator because at a state college, he skips a year. Professors are not great. Momma is not happy. Son decides not to speak to me (first time ever) because “West Point keeps calling me”. I’m banging my head against a wall. West Point extends his deadline for acceptance THREE TIMES. Shaking my head. Son takes statics and Cal 4 over the summer. Lands a $40/hour part time job working at his computer on his schedule (huh???).

    This year, son is legally a junior and into the Mech Engineering college full force. ROTC unit and the university are throwing scholarships at him, for which is sooooooo incredibly grateful. He loves it. Professors are not good and momma is still not happy but son is fine, stubborn, independent, still stressed, but thrilled. What else can a parent hope for?

    At every point in the “STEM” process, the bureaucracy of schools got in the way, instead of helping students. I could list dozens of examples. It was a painful and expensive process for our family when it should have been joyous and nurtured. Instead of learning about STEM…. the most important thing my son learned from the process was “personal persistance” and to “guard himself against bad administrators” who seek their own agenda. It’s sad but a valuable lesson for his generation. The pervasiveness of ill-will and lack of cooperation in academia is the most poisonous thing we face in America. I’ll never forget the stench from that swamp.

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