JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
(AP) In a world of limited time, it is hard to imagine an election cycle that would produce such a profound shift in how Americans learn.
And for that reason, it should be the president’s first priority to prepare educators and other Americans for what is about to happen.
The Trump era is already transforming the way the nation learns, the way we teach and how we learn.
But the country’s educators are already struggling to find ways to prepare for the unexpected.
The new president, a man whose campaign promises were filled with promises to end a government shutdown and roll back the Obama administration’s regulatory rollbacks, is expected to take the nation in a more authoritarian direction.
A Trump administration could see millions of Americans lose access to health care and lose jobs that have been there for generations.
That would leave a deep hole in education.
The nation’s best teachers are among the most vulnerable to what some educators have described as a Trump administration’s crackdown on learning.
The president’s attacks on teachers are expected to have a devastating impact on education, especially in rural areas.
It could mean a reduction in teachers’ teaching loads and increased reliance on online learning and other services that make it harder to maintain a level playing field.
That could mean less money for teachers, and, at the very least, less support for students who need it most.
And if teachers aren’t able to afford the new education, they may not have the resources to teach children in schools where the students are less well-prepared.
In a country that has been struggling to educate people for more than a century, that’s a huge deal.
There is a lot of work to be done.
The challenge now is to get our teachers prepared for what they are going to face and to get them prepared for a president who has shown little respect for the importance of educating the nation’s teachers.
The new president is also expected to push for the elimination of the federal government’s $1 trillion Community Learning Centers (CLCs) that provide crucial support for low-income and rural students in the United States.
CLCs are one of the most effective means of engaging the nation and providing crucial support to students who may need it the most.
The government provides CLCs that provide free and low-cost tutoring and other assistance.
A $1.5 trillion plan to end the CLCs is expected this month.
That is a far cry from President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to dismantle them.
One of the biggest challenges facing education is the rise of so-called “teachers-to-school,” where students spend more time on the Internet and elsewhere.
The Obama administration created these centers to provide early learning support to struggling schools and to help low-performing schools.
In some states, those programs have expanded into online learning services and online classrooms, while others have struggled to keep up.
The stakes for the education system are high because they go to the heart of the nations future.
For that reason alone, it’s imperative that all educators and policymakers be prepared for the most devastating period of Trump’s presidency.
We should all be taking steps to prepare our schools, communities and students for what the Trump administration will do to them.