Fact Check: Biden States 4 More Years of Public Education Will Allow U.S. Students to ‘Compete in 21st Century’

Fact Check: Biden States 4 More Years of Public Education Will Allow U.S. Students to ‘Compete in 21st Century’


CLAIM: President Joe Biden told a joint session of Congress Wednesday night that offering four more years of public education to U.S. students will allow them to “compete in the 21st century” with others around the world.

VERDICT: FALSE. The overall performance of American students attending K-12 public schools in the core areas of reading and mathematics has been in decline since the adoption of Common Core State Standards over a decade ago. The addition of four more years of taxpayer-funded public education, without a significant move to raise the academic performance of America’s lowest-achieving students, is unlikely to make U.S. students competitive again.

In his address to Congress, Biden said he would be introducing the American Families Plan, which would address “access to a good education.”

“When this nation made 12 years of public education universal in the last century, it made us the best-educated and best-prepared

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