This morning, Camilo José Cela University held the UCJC Education Breakfast on Education in the United States in the Trump Era, with the collaboration of the newspaper Magisterio. Antonio Camuñas, president of Global Strategies, was the special guest at the UCJC Education Breakfast to offer his perspective on the subject. Francisco López Rupérez, director of the Chair of Education Policies at UCJC, welcomed guests by introducing the context of the US educational system in relation to other OECD countries and the world in general.
Antonio Camuñas began his talk with a review of the history of the United States. He reminded the attendees that the country was founded “based on the idea of escaping a decadent society which had lost the idea of God”. He also discussed the era of Obama, who he described as “a European-style social-democratic leader”. This new approach meant “a change to the essence of the country”. In the opinion of Camuñas, the Trump phenomenon is linked to Obama’s efforts to turn the United States into a European country. “In his campaign, Donald Trump chose to say what many Americans were thinking, selling a message that had already been largely assimilated by the population,” Camuñas asserted.
At the educational level Trump has opted to return power to the individual States, letting them rule on educational matters, while Obama did exactly the opposite, taking the different political scenarios to Washington. The President defends the freedom of families to choose the education they want for their children, including the American tradition of home-schooling.
Camuñas remarked that at the educational level, the United States is facing a paradigm change for the new generations. “Students’ real lives are nothing like what they experience in the classroom.” For this reason, he defended the presence of new technologies in an educational setting, and the linking and involvement of companies in this area.
To conclude, Camuñas referred to Primary and Secondary Education, which have fallen behind in the United States. His criticism is that at these levels “it is not regarded as important”, unlike the attention given to other stages, such as university.
José María de Moya, director of the newspaper Magisterio, urged those present to attend the next UCJC Breakfast, to be held in September, which will discuss ‘Technology as a Catalyst in the Third World’.