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Where Has All the Education Gone?


by Thomas Gift & Karen Gift — November 18, 2011

This commentary catalogues the striking absence of education from the 2011 Republican primary debates. In the eight GOP debates so far this year, the term “education” or “educational” has been invoked just 64 times—a number dwarfed by terms like “Reagan” (82 times), “illegal” (109 times), “Obamacare” (125 times), and the number “9” (382 times). Yet despite its absence from the national limelight, the problem of education reform remains as exigent as ever.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 18, 2011
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16609, Date Accessed: 11/25/2014 8:20:13 PM

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  • Thomas Gift
    Duke University
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    Thomas Gift is a doctoral student in political science at Duke University, where he is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow studying the politics of education.
  • Karen Gift
    Duke University
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    Karen Gift is a third year law student at Duke University School of Law.
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