CBS Morning 8:00 am Eastern Hour was the campaign of the Biden administration, before their unreasonable segment Fawning on Supreme Court nominee Ketanzi Brown Jackson, the show brought Education Secretary Miguel Cardona for just six minutes of softball from the left, reopening the school, student loans, the Florida Parental Rights Bill, and what is needed to fill a frustrating teacher shortage.
First, there was mental health and stunted learning due to the coronavirus epidemic. Gayle King, co-host and donor to the Democratic Party, lamented the “impact of the epidemic on students’ mental health and academic performance” with a survey of grade school students that ended last school year. “Five months behind in math and four months behind in reading.”
Instead of investigating whether the lockdown and other restrictions contributed to this, the king simply asked: “What needs to be done, what can be done, what should be done about the mental health of students? The parents are very worried about this. ”
Cardona used a long runway to harness an education department “Last year’s guidelines on how to help students return home” And the ভিত্ত 130 million from the American Rescue Plan is the “foundation” of post-Covid schools to empower educators and ensure students’ mental health.
The second section involved the table hitting him from the left about student debt, King wondering why President Biden could not “forgive” more debt, and then co-host Tony Docupil cited Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) plea.
Phil-in co-host Vladimir Duthiers then dubbed the Liberals (falsely) “Don’t Say Gay” bill: “You call it disgusting. Is the Department of Education planning to take any action against this law? And I know you’ve talked to some parents about it. What did they tell you? “
Talking about nausea, Cardona said “There was an ongoing, very emotional conversation with students, parents, educators from Florida, and I think the students’ words were the most influential.”
With a quote from a senior in high school who called the bill “Pure hatred” And when they were in pre-school, they learned about sex because that’s what they wanted “She knew in that look that he was different.” Cardona partnered with a parent who asked for support for the bill, which means you support the creation. “Children … a seal on the political game.”
Without the pushback, Cardona added “It’s about student safety.” Against “I say” (E.g. Republicans and Governor Ron Descentis) who are unwilling to allow students “Be who they are.”
Pressed by duthiers “What can you do?” Cardona said the federal government has and will continue to have “Raise their voices” And reasons ready to sue “It’s unacceptable – bullying, marginalizing students” WHO “More mental health support is needed.”
The bottom line was that there was a deficit in the profession, but what was ridiculous and did not get any pushback was that Cardona insisted that teachers “need a seat at the table to talk about what schools should look like” (as they do not currently) and their ” Working conditions need to be improved.
Anyone living under a rock, the Biden campaign and the White House has been declared a supporter and the attention of the teachers’ union has been drawn, so a farce claiming schools – which were given billions in early 2021 – still need restructuring to work.
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March 18, 2022
[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Coming Up; Education Secretary Miguel Cardona]
Gayle King: Just coming CBS MorningWe will talk to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: The Pandemic’s Impact on Kids; Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Schools Getting Back to Normal]
King: We’re starting this hour with continued concern about the impact of this epidemic on students’ mental health and academic performance. We are all thinking about it. A study by McKinsey and Company found that by the end of the school year last year, kindergarten students were on average – think about it – five months behind in math and four months behind in reading. Joining us now is Education Secretary Miguel Cardona for an interview that you will only see CBS Morning. Good morning, Mr. Secretary. Nice to meet you personally. We can only see you from here.
Miguel Cardona: I know, I know. Good morning. Great to be here.
Raja: You are a real boy. Nice to meet you here at the table. But let’s pick it up – highlight the students’ mental health. What needs to be done, what can be done, what should be done about students’ mental health? Parents are very worried about this.
Cardona: They’re worried.
KING: Of all ages.
Cardona: There’s more to do, isn’t there? You know, in the department, we – we gave the first of its kind last year on how to help students as they return. You know, the American Rescue Plan paid 130 million, and we made it a priority to reassure students and families. Have access to advanced mental health support. We have seen examples of this all over the country. I have to say, academics continue to influence me, whether it’s providing mental health support in school, post-school programming. But I think it’s important that in this next phase of recovery, wherever we are, our schools are open. Since we are talking about recovery, we need to make sure that the foundation of this recovery is the mental health support that our students need.
King: I mean, I saw a great story this morning about a teacher who takes his kids one by one and walks around their building and allows them to talk. Can we go on student loan? We had a lot – a lot of older students approached us about student loan waivers and I think the number – student loan loans – Americans owe about $ 1.6 trillion in student loans. Student loan waivers have been discussed. Where does the Biden administration stand now?
Cardona: Yes. We – We must make sure from day one that we put borrowers and students at the center of the conversation. In just one year, President Biden has already pardoned more than 17 17 billion.
King: But could he not take action now and forgive?
Cardona: You know, we’re having that conversation now. This is of course something that – where colleges have the ability to deal with benefits or borrowings – lenders have taken advantage of borrowers, we are releasing and discharging those loans. And we’re going to continue the conversation about overall comprehensive debt relief. But I don’t want to – I think the culture in our administration and department is to put students first. That is why the public service loan waiver program established ten years ago did not work. And in one year we have launched it. They’ve got a lot more than they did before, so we’re proud of it.
Tony Dokupil: Yes. Senator Elizabeth Warren was here, and she said the Biden administration had the power to wipe out federal student loans at the stroke of a pen. Looks like you want to do it but you don’t want to go in front of your boss.
Cardona: No, I mean, the reality is this – we also want to make sure that our colleagues in the mountains continue to fight – for that too. And we know the administration has a responsibility to put our students first. We think higher education needs to work. We think the loan process needs work. We’re working on it to make sure the system doesn’t go back to where we were. So, five years from now, we don’t want to be where we are. So, debt forgiveness is one thing, but fixing a broken system is something we are working on.
Vladimir Duthiers: And, Mr. Secretary, you are very outspoken about the Florida “don’t say gay” bill. You call it disgusting. Is the Department of Education planning to take any action against this law? And I know you’ve talked to some parents about it. What did they tell you?
Cardona: You know, yesterday I had an ongoing, very emotional conversation with Florida students, parents, educators, and I think the students’ words are the most influential. I had a 12th grade student who shared that he knew he was different from the age of five. He said it was pure hatred. One of my parents said, please don’t use my children as pawns in political games. So for me, it’s all about student safety. I feel frustrated. You know, we see it all over the world – we know we don’t like bullies, do we? But still, it’s happening in our own backyard. There are more than 12 states that are passing or trying to pass such laws. We need to protect our students. We must protect our students, including our LGBTQ students –
DUTHIERS: So, what can you do?
Cardona: – And academics.
DUTHIERS: What can you do?
Cardona: All we’re doing is raising their voices. We make sure that the Office of Civil Rights is there – ready to take action if there are any complaints. But we are sending this message that it is unacceptable – already beating, marginalizing students. We talk about mental health, don’t we? Students who are gay or transgender need more mental health support – and it’s really important that when we provide these supports, we don’t send them into an environment where they feel marginalized or who they may not be.
DOCUPIL: Gayle mentions teachers. Teachers need something else. My mother is a retired school teacher. My aunt is a retired school teacher
Raja: My sister is a teacher.
Duthiers: My brother is a teacher.
DUTHIERS: Everyone here has a teacher.
Raja: There is a teacher in the family.
Duthiers: And remember the teachers who influenced their lives.
[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill; Education Secretary Cardona on the Controversial Bill]
DOCUPIL: And I’ve met teachers who have quit their jobs because they can’t cut salaries. It doesn’t work for them and we’ve heard that a lot of teachers left during the epidemic. There is a big hole in the public education system. What would you say to young people today thinking about that career? How do you find good people in your profession?
Cardona: You know, it’s the most influential – look, you all said it with a smile on your face.
Cardona: This guy – listen, we’re here because of a teacher. And –
KING: That’s right –
Cardona: – It is our responsibility to highlight the profession. And as Secretary of Education, I take this very seriously. To make it competitive, teachers’ salaries need to be increased. We need to make sure that the working conditions – growth, professional growth, are conducive to personal growth. We need to look at the days when teachers have lost three to four hours of their own family time to correct the paperwork. Teachers pay from their own pockets –
KING: Use their own money.
Cardona: – For basic supplies –
DUTHIERS: Supplies. Yes, basically supply.
Dokupil: Second job.
Cardona: – But not only that, working conditions, but the voice. As we reopen and rebuild schools, let’s make sure teachers are at the table talking about what schools should look like.
Cardona: So, I’m really excited about where we’re going with education. To young people, to answer your questions, join the profession. This is the best time to be a teacher.
DOCUPIL: All right. You have a smile on your face too.
KING: Thank you very much. It’s really nice to have you here.
Cardona: Thank you. Thanks.
KING: Don’t be a stranger.