Trump U – A Controversy


CNN is running an article entitled “Ex-employees on Trump University: ‘A Fraudulent Scheme’ and a ‘Total Lie.’” The article begins: “In sworn statements released this week as part of a federal class action lawsuit, former employees complained of unethical sales techniques, unqualified instructors and widely unsatisfied students. ‘I resigned from my position in May 2007 because I believe that Trump University was engaging in misleading, fraudulent and dishonest conduct,’ said Ronald Schnackenberg, who said in his statement he had been a sales manager for six months. He said he believed it was a ‘fraudulent scheme and that it preyed on the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.’”

The article also states: “Sworn statements also unsealed this week from Trump University employees defended the school’s record. According to Mark Covais, director of operations, thousands of students received full refunds, including hundreds of those who had paid the top fee of $35,000. And he said that evaluations collected from the students showed 97% either gave it the top score, or nearly the top score, for satisfaction with the program.”

Read the article here.

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the difference between a fib and a lie? Is it ever okay to tell a fib? Why/why not? Is it ever okay to tell a lie? Why/why not?
  2. What does Donald Trump say happened at Trump U? What three questions would you ask to enable you to determine if Donald Trump’s explanation of what happened at Trump U is accurate? Why would these questions help?’
  3. Do you think that anybody who did not lose money at Trump U really cares what happened at Trump U? Why/why not? Do you think that this current event will influence the upcoming election? Why/why not?
  4. If you had $35,000, and only $35,000, and only could spend it on one thing what would you spend it on? Why?


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2018-06-18T20:04:47-05:00 June 2nd, 2016|Current Events, Election 2016|0 Comments

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