President Donald J. Trump’s daughter and White House advisor Ivanka Trump made a surprise visit to Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Conn. on Monday. While some welcomed the visit from the successful first daughter, others were angry enough to pull their kids out of school.
According News 12, Ivanka spoke to the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA), a program at Norwalk High School which allows students to earn a high school diploma while also earning an associate’s degree in software engineering. She discussed the importance of career education, a topic she’s raised around the country.
“To see the passion and enthusiasm for bringing real life skills into a classroom environment but then coupling it with real life experience through internship creates this really beautiful virtuous angle,” Ivanka reportedly said.
Despite her positive message, some parents were upset about her appearance, and complained they were not informed about the visit. The secrecy was a possible result of heightened security needs, but parents who disagree with President Trump’s positions felt they should have been informed so that they could make a decision about their child’s inclusion.
“This should have been brought to our attention, although I do understand security reasons,” says parent Karey Fitzgerald, of Norwalk. “I think we should have had the choice to send our child to school or keep them home.”
Ivanka seemed to have had a good visit, despite having caused such discord within the school community. In a Facebook post, she wrote: “Great visit to Norwalk Early College Academy today with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. PTECH schools equip high school students with skills training in #STEM and Computer Science, enabling them to thrive in our modern economy. It was an honor to meet so many bright and talented students!”
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