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Trolls Have Field Day After Ivanka Trump Writes Op-Ed On Tech Education For Kids

Ivanka Trump recently composed an op-ed column for the New York Post on the importance of beginning tech education for students when they are in kindergarten. She became inspired to share her thoughts after President Donald Trump instructed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to prioritize high-quality STEM education, which would include making at least $200 million in grants available to help fund the effort. Following that announcement, Ivanka met with business leaders in Detroit, who would go on to pledge $300 million to help fund computer science training efforts.

All of this sounds like a good thing, right? Most properly grounded folks would think so, but this is a bad thing in the minds of internet trolls that prey on anything with Ivanka’s name attached to it. As the Huffington Post shares, they were out in force to pan her column while playing the speculation game.

“She is no role model for children. Would be felons don't get to give parental advice,” shared one user.

Alrighty then. In fairness to the above poster, there have been reports making the rounds that Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, may have made boneheaded decisions in regards to personal email account. That said, accusations of felonious behavior are a wee bit over the top at the moment. So maybe Ivanka wrote something offensive and that’s why people are up in arms? Nope, not even close.

“Given the high and increasing demand for workers with computing skills, it is imperative that all of our students, including women and minorities, have access to computer-science education,” she wrote. “As part of my White House portfolio, I’ll be working closely with the Departments of Education and Labor to close the growing gap between the skills our children and workers need to succeed and the education they are getting.”

Makes sense, right? Nah, there’s bigger fish to fry here than ensuring that the youth of our nation have every opportunity available to them to succeed in the modern world.

“I didn't realize she was an expert on early childhood education. She might want to study the impact of parental incarceration on kids,” wrote another commenter.

Alright, so Ivanka had to say something outrageous to get everyone so riled up, right? Nope, she simply reiterated the need to prioritize opportunity for everyone.

“We will continue to focus on placing our citizens on a pathway to a job — starting with K-12 curricula, but also continuing through vocational, skill-based training and apprenticeship programs, including the re-training of displaced workers. There’s no silver bullet; rather, we need a comprehensive set of solutions,” Ivanka concluded. “Every unemployed, under-employed or discouraged American worker deserves a ladder to financial security and success. And our children deserve the education and training necessary from the start.”

“It's simple. Ivanka is a big proponent of child labor and she and Jared are clearly looking for a tech savvy 6 yr old to encrypt their email,” chimed in another commenter.

We would imagine that it’s awfully painful to walk around being so negative all the time, but we’ll resist the urge to speculate on that. Instead, we’ll spend some time pondering how improving education and offering up more opportunities for everyone is somehow a bad thing.

Source: HuffPost, Washington Examiner
Photo: YouTube, Twitter

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