Joe Biden appears to be confused by what the current century is: https://t.co/xHYXC3QHd4
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 13, 2019
Just so everyone knows – record players are really popular (we have one at home!) https://t.co/ky9ZajXLlF
— Greg Schultz (@schultzohio) September 13, 2019
Former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t appear well in last night’s Democratic debate.
At one point, the 76-year-old told parents to play their record player at night to give their kids an advantage.
At least he didn’t start talking about the telegraph.
The Washington Examiner’s Jon Brown has more:
Joe Biden encouraged parents to play records for their children to give them a leg up in school, during Thursday night’s Democratic primary debate.
Discussing his policies on the legacy of segregation throughout his decades of public service, the former vice president laid out his plan for dealing with its impact on education, which included giving every public school teacher at poor schools a raise to $60,000 per year. He also stressed the importance of dealing with problems in the home, proposing that the government bring social workers into the home to help parents expose young children to as many words as possible to give them an advantage at school.
Seemingly confusing the most popular listening device used this decade, however, Biden said, “Play the radio, make sure the television — excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the phone — make sure that kids hear words, a kid coming from a very poor school, a very poor background will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time they get there.”
Though off by 26 million words, Biden was apparently referring to a famous Stanford University study that found, by age three, there is roughly a “30 million word gap” between the vocabularies of children from the wealthiest and poorest families.