At Thursday night’s Democrat presidential candidate debate, former Vice President advocated a host of ideas for education reform that include playing “the record player” so kids “hear words” – and instituting a minimum wage for teachers.
“A kid coming from a very poor school – a very poor background – will hear four million words fewer by the time they get there,” Biden said, concluding a free-form, wide-ranging indictment of how children in America are educated:
“Look, there's institutional segregation in this country. From the time I got involved, I started dealing with that. Red lining, banks, making sure we are in a position where -- look, you talk about education. I propose that what we take is known as very poor schools, the Title I schools, triple the amount of money we spend from $15 to $45 billion a year.
“Give every single teacher a raise to the $60,000 level.
“Number two, make sure that we bring in to help the teachers deal with the problems that come from home. The problems that come from home, we have one school psychologist for every 1,500 kids in America today. It's crazy. The teachers are -- I'm married to a teacher, my deceased wife is a teacher. They have every problem coming to them.
“Make sure that every single child does, in fact, have 3, 4 and 5-year-olds go to school. School. School. Not day care, school. We bring social workers into homes and parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It's not that they don't want to help, they don't know quite what to do.
“Play the radio, make sure the television -- excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the -- make sure that kids hear words. A kid coming from a very poor school -- a very poor background - will hear four million words fewer spoken by the time they get there.
“I’m going to do like the rest of them do, twice over. Okay?”