Trump criticizes Harvard for offering online-only courses for the fall

President Trump tried Tuesday at Harvard to keep classes online for only at least half of the 2020-21 school year, saying the famous Ivy League university should “be ashamed of itself.”

“I see where Harvard asked that they close for the season, or maybe for the year. I think it is ridiculous. I think it is an easy way out. I think they should be ashamed of themselves if they want to know the truth, ”the president said in the East Room at the end of a meeting of health experts, educators and politicians about the reopening of schools this fall.

“I realized that today, and others are probably doing it. That’s called the easy way out, “said Trump, who has been pushing for the economy to reopen, and who also said at the forum that he would pressure governors to reopen schools in their states.

The University of Cambridge, Massachusetts announced that it would charge full tuition this fall and only allow 40 percent of its students to return to live on campus, and that all courses would be offered only online.

Other universities in the United States are striving to strike a balance between the desire to reopen and keep students, staff, and faculty safe.

President Donald Trump participates today in a National Dialogue on the Safe Reopening of Schools.
President Donald Trump participates today in a National Dialogue on the Safe Reopening of Schools.EPA

The president questioned whether donors to the school’s $ 41 billion endowment could show their displeasure by closing their checkbooks, adding that the university’s policy was not in line with the White House’s goals.

“That is not what we want to do because it is so important to as many parents and instructors as they said today, it is so important that children this age are together, that they are together on campus. That is what we are striving for. We will be very strong at that, ”said Trump, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who often touts his Ivy League pedigree.

Penn will now hold some in-person classes, but others, such as large conference rooms, will be offered online only.

Tuition, room, board, and fees at Harvard exceed $ 70,000 a year, though more than half of the students receive financial aid.