Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R., Alabama) said Thursday that he wasn’t sure inner-city teachers would be “literate.”
On Thursday’s Donald Trump Jr. podcast appearance, “Triggered,” Tuberville has set its sights on the public school system in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he didn’t know how inner-city teachers got their degrees, pointing out: Recent reports Twenty-three schools in Baltimore City don’t have math-savvy students, it said.
“The impact of COVID-19 has highlighted just how poor the quality of inner-city schools and teachers is,” Mr Tuberville said. “Most of them live in the city center and I don’t know how they got their degrees.”
He added that the teachers’ union “killed” the school.
“I don’t know if they can read and write. And they want a raise. They want to work less and go to school less,” he says. “We just ruined the work ethic in this country.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, student performance in social studies, math and reading have all plummeted. Eighth-grade U.S. history and civics scores have also fallen to levels seen in the 1990s, according to a national report card released earlier this year by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
Tuberville has come under fire in recent weeks for his recent comments on abortion, the military and white nationalism. In an interview, he claimed that some schools don’t teach reading or math, instead teaching “social justice and diversity.”
“If you can’t read and write, you can’t live in a country like this, and you can’t have anyone help you. That’s what a lot of this government wants,” he said. podcast.
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