When presidential candidates train for debates, each of their teams does research for months; the candidates are then coached, rehearsed and prepared for weeks on end. This is basic homework for their debate preparation.
Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz all chose Rosa Parks to be on the ten dollar bill as a sign of honor and respect.
After a full night of demonizing Planned Parenthood, this choice showed little if any preparation on the part of all of the candidates. Their statements were bizarre. Rosa Parks was a board member of Planned Parenthood. A simple Google search is sufficient to discover this not-so-secret historical fact. Simple homework.
As a retired language arts teacher with over three decades of teaching experience, I never encountered a single fourteen year-old who gave a presentation so inept. Because I taught all ability levels and listened to thousands of presentations prepared with all degrees of homework (or lack of it), this is saying a great deal. I never encountered a student who didn’t grasp the very basics of his or her own presentation.
Each republican candidate wishes to become the President of the United States of America. The winner will choose a Secretary of Education who will, in conjunction with the President, decide the direction of both public and privatized charter education for American children.
Of course it is obvious that these presidential candidates did not do their homework.
The debates are not debates; the performances put on are mockeries of true debates. The arrogance, lies, distortions and pandering made for a performance that mocked the entire process of free elections. These arrogant candidates said whatever their incredibly wealthy plutocratic campaign donors expect them to say. Shock the audience; stir them up.
The people in the TV audience were lectured by spin doctor interpreters as to what was meant and who scored what points for the game, and it was a game. Propaganda commercials will flow with money provided by super wealthy campaign donors, their PACs and Super PACs. It’s all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$.
As long as mega-corporations with multinational investors are legally considered American people with rights and without accountability or responsibility for the common good, the performances will continue. Performances disguised as debates. Corruption as government. Money as freedom. Plutocracy as democracy. Puppets as leaders.
If I had had the republican candidates as fourteen year-old students in my classes, they would have failed their presentations. The reasons for the failing grades are obvious.
In this corrupted environment, reason is not a factor. The winner in this debate/game will arbitrarily determine which schools, teachers, and students will fail.
Whoever is elected will determine the destiny of our children.