Trump administration tapping tech CEOs for STEM policy approach: Apple CEO Tim Cook and Laurene Powell Jobs among those consulted

“White House officials including Ivanka Trump have begun an outreach campaign to major technology, business and education leaders including Laurene Powell Jobs and Apple’s Tim Cook for advice on shaping funding approaches to science, technology, engineering and math education in U.S. public schools,” Margaret Talev reports for Bloomberg.

“President Donald Trump’s daughter on Wednesday joined Reed Cordish, the president’s special assistant for technology initiatives, on a conference call with politicians, educators and CEOs to discuss STEM education, according to two people with knowledge of the call,” Talev reports.

Other participants “included Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson; Accenture North America’s CEO Julie Sweet, Microsoft President Brad Smith; Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and representatives from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Stanford, MIT and Broward County, Florida, Schools,” Talev reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Last month, during a meeting about modernizing the United States government, Apple CEO Tim Cook asked President Trump to make coding a requirement in U.S. public schools:

Something I feel very passionate about is that coding should be a requirement in every public school. We have a huge deficit in the school that we need today and skills that are there, and we are trying to do our part, and hopefully more than our part, in doing that, but I think your leadership from government is also needed. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, June 19, 2017

A decade ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said a major problem with U.S. public schools is that they’re “unionized in the worst possible way.”

What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn’t get rid of people that they thought weren’t any good? Not really great ones because if you’re really smart you go, ‘I can’t win.’ I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way. This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy.Apple CEO Steve Jobs, February 16, 2007

Unfortunately, that problem persists today.

Apple CEO Cook to President Trump: The U.S. should have the most modern government in the world; coding should be a requirement in every public school – June 20, 2017
President Trump tells Apple CEO Cook that U.S. needs comprehensive immigration reform – June 20, 2017
President Trump advisor Kushner: Government must move past floppies, Y2K and ‘unleash the creativity of the private sector’ – June 19, 2017
President Trump to meet with Apple CEO Cook, other tech execs on cutting government waste, improving services – June 19, 2017
Apple CEO Cook, other tech CEOs to attend President Trump’s Jared Kushner-led summit – June 9, 2017
Steve Jobs & Rush Limbaugh agree: U.S. public schools are ‘unionized in the worst possible way’ – February 20, 2007
Apple CEO blasts teacher unions, says US schools are ‘unionized in the worst possible way’ – February 16, 2007


    1. That sounds like a White House tweet or press conference claim, botvinnik. It is truly both sad and amusing how your perception filter is so skewed when it comes to Trump.

      Weren’t you one of the people screaming about how much golf Obama played? And his vacations? And the cost of his transportation? Yeah, thought so. Hypocrisy alive and well in the GOP sewer, and I would much rather have a swamp than a sewer.

        1. No wonder Trump changed the name of DC from Swamp to Sewer: the DOJ DC assistant district attorney overseeing the Awan investigation is none other Little Debbie Blabbermouth’s brother, Steven Wasserman…who, incidentally, handled the Seth Rich execution investigation.

      1. about as far right as it is possible to get in terms of bias. It proudly touts awards from Breitbart and FOX News, for instance. And its articles appear to be entirely focused on a right wing viewpoint on everything political. I could not find anything that was not critical of the Democrats. In contrast, you just posted something that you liked that was from the Wall Street Journal. You and your ilk may rant about “fake news.” But, when your primary sources appear to be so extremely biased, you should question whether or not you may be the recipient of false news from your own preferred sources.

        You should question the data that supports your viewpoints just as much as you question the data that conflicts with your viewpoints. After all, it is a whole lot easier to manipulate someone by telling them things that they want to believe.

        That does

    1. so why would he care about $100K or so? He doubled the initiation fee at Mar a Lago. Everyone feels obligated to visit or stay at Mar a Lago or Trump Tower or one of his family’s other properties. The dude is profiting like a son of a b1tch from being POTUS – donating his POTUS salary is like a regular person donating change from his/her pocket.

      Don’t try to make Trump look like some kind of philanthropist. We have enough lies coming out of the Trump Administration and the GOP media without your contributions.

        1. Oh, my! There is a war on this…a war on that…men cannot be men anymore…blahblahblah. You are just another punkass waste of oxygen, botvinnik.

  1. Of course it would be great to have better teachers, facilities etc. is anyone willing to pay for that? Seems like when government wants to make cuts it usually is the schools that suffer first.
    Just like taxation, the education system needs a massive overhaul. The school year is way too short and teacher development should not occur when schools are in term. Teachers should also be paid based on their experience and expertise but also should be able to lose their jobs if their performance is bad.
    This can be done and will require investment both in facilities and in teacher compensation. The hard bit will be getting anyone to fund this.

  2. What would be nice would be a program that is a combination Apprenticeship, Internship and Scholarship undergirded by tax breaks.

    Here is how it would work:
    Let’s say Apple HR knows they are going to need 1,000 software engineers at the entry level 4 years out. They recruit and sign up 1,000 qualified students accepted to engineering schools acceptable to Apple. Apple pays them a stipend, employs them as interns during the school breaks, mentors them and pays for on campus room and board.

    After 4 years Apple gets First right of refusal for employment and if they hire the new Grad they can write off 100% of the cost of the program. Multiply this by all the STEM jobs at all the companies in the US economy. Employers get great candidates that are a perfect match for their needs, new grads get a great job, and the taxpayers have not subsidized another worthless degree.

    Republicans will love it as it is market based, Democrats will love it because it gives smart and motivated people a path up without incurring massive debt. Independents will love it because it is cost effective and yields great placement results. Businesses will love it because they can recruit exactly who they want and train them exactly the way they need prospectively and write off the entire cost. We all can live it as it employs Americans and empowers business with great hires.

    The tax write off should be more cost effective than the bureaucracy of loans, grants, scholarships and Financial Aid offices in higher ed as it will encourage employers to hold costs down. The competition for great jobs locked in right out of High School or the Military will encourage students to work hard on academics as star students are recruited like star athletes.

    America produces too many kids mismatched for the job market, which drives much of the Visa Program hiring. Go to any Engineering School and look at the classroom- it will be very Male and highly populated with foreign students. The American kids are getting degrees in marketing or whatever, avoiding STEM like the plague.

    I do not care who introduces it into Congress or who signs it or who gets the credit. This can be quickly done, should save money or be cost neutral, helps students, helps business, helps the economy and does not require a bureaucracy to administer.

      1. Nobody is recruiting kids at scale out of High School.

        There have been truckloads of money thrown at trying to get more Americans in general and more women and African-American kids to pursue STEM careers. This incentivizes it.

        A lot of kids settle for a lesser school they can afford rather than the school that will land them at a top firm because of their background. The idea is to create an immediate pathway visible to young adults to great STEM jobs. This would keep them on track and reduce the number of Work Visas need for technology.

    1. Why would Apple go to that trouble? It would be easier and more effective for Apple to set up its own engineer/vocational training facility – AppleU. Train at Apple for free and commit to a term of service. Kind of like the GI Bill for nerds.

    2. But is that what’s best for the student?

      And if the student gets laid off, or fired, does Apple return the tax break?

      The student didn’t get an education necessarily to be pigeonholed into being one company’s drone, because by the time they are free to get out, their non competes and NDAs make them almost useless to someone else. Only CA to my knowledge (if that) forbids non-competes.

      I don’t want to make light of the issue, society, not just companies need an educated, not just trained society within which to function. I don’t generally believe in corporate subsidy in any way. Make it a direct deal between the company and the worker, leave government out of the relationship.

    1. ” Is it a genuine shortage of talent, as the industry claims, or is it because, as the Wall Street Journal of all publications, put it, the firms want to continue to staff their operations “with Indian expatriates who earn significantly less than their American counterparts”? I think the Journal has it right.”

      1. I should add you lose points for not being a sexy opportunity as well. It’s hard to attract people to work on mobile apps for buying and selling tools when the guy down the road is dangling Angry Birds meets Horny Bats or something.

    2. Where you’re almost always right Bot, in this case that article is misleading. I’ve had projects wher filling QUALIFIED engineering positions takes months, and I will gladly take anyone who actually knows how to code. People coming out of school with IT or IS degrees are at best prepared to do middle management but they call these “tech” degrees. They’re management degrees! When you need hard core ALGORITHM drenched engineers with some serious experience in multiple languages, good luck. People coming out of these learn to code in 4 weeks schools are a joke. So we wind up contracting out, overseas, and yes, we pay $20 an hour for people that would cost 150 an hour here at least. Projects that you thought you could knock out in 6 months wind up taking a year.

      And if you want to add something exotic like machine learning say, to help adjust truck routes or something, precious few people have any AI experience, or even know what it really is.

      1. Why are experienced American STEM employees being forced to train their foreign replacements or lose their pension packages? There are countless examples of this in the media during the last few years…Disney comes to mind.

        1. This happens typically in operations centers where the workers are not CS or EE graduates, just your average guys running a computer center. I don’t know if the examples were countless but there were many, and Disney was the highest profile. It is a tacky practice and I would never recommend it to anyone, but some people are under pressure to cut costs any way they can.

          Things are changing for the worse. On coding, I haven’t had a long term project in 3 years. Not doing a great job of marketing myself, but the big stuff is going overseas. People are just saying screw H1B visas, we got the internet and we got video conferencing and so on.

          The Internet is amazing. Changes everything. I’m primarily an IT mercenary for small to medium sized businesses now, and I work from home. Before the Internet was so fast and ubiquitous, I would work for a single company, have a staff, etc. Now I single handedly juggle 5 clients, and manage all the machines and networks remotely 24 x 7. And event that is under attack from foreign companies who will do what I do for $12 per hour. They can use the Internet too. It was great for a while! JAMF up a client, and control the whole place from an iPad at the beach. Now I have to beat back India and IBM with a stick!

          I swore I’d never do this, but I’m starting to think in terms of Government contracts. Ugh!

          Or maybe I’ll become The Rock’s IT guy for his,Presidential run.

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