The Education Senator

A true inspiration

“Tommy Tuberville – Caricature” by DonkeyHotey is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Via Tuberville on inner city teachers: ‘I don’t know whether they can read and write’

“The COVID really brought it out how bad our schools are and how bad our teachers are, in the inner city. Most of them in the inner city, I don’t know how they got degrees,” Tuberville said.

“I don’t know whether they can read and write. And they want a raise. They want less time to work, less time in school. It’s just, we’ve ruined work ethic in this country. We don’t work at it anymore. We push an easy life.”

Without hesitation, I can say that every time I hear Tuberville speak I am reminded of the importance of education.

(Another example from the archives: Tuberville and Sharia Law).

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    Anyone willing to bet that he thinks the answer is to hire more teachers who can coach sports?

  2. Moosebreath says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    “Anyone willing to bet that he thinks the answer is to hire more teachers who can coach sports?”

    Here, I thought his answer is to hire people who will bring their guns into the schools.

  3. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Moosebreath: Well that, too, but who’s gonna be more qualified to bring a gun to school than a coach? Who do you want strapping up, the sewing teacher or the defensive line coach?

  4. Kathy says:

    To paraphrase an old movie, “Maybe goose-stepping morons like Tuberville should try reading books instead of banning them.”

  5. CSK says:

    I wonder how much pressure Tuberville put on professors to give his players passing grades?

  6. Franklin says:

    If I could give you all thumbs up, including Dr. Taylor, I would. Thanks for a jolly laugh on a Saturday.

  7. Gustopher says:

    @Franklin: you can give him thumbs up! There’s a like button on posts at the moment!

    (See Dr. Joyner’s comment on the open thread for details… it’s supposed to be on the comments as well)

  8. CSK says:


    Sadly, I don’t have a like button.

  9. Stormy Dragon says:

    We push an easy life.

    I’m reminded of the P. J. O’Rourke line to the effect of “being fully employed has never particularly been a goal of mine, despite full employment being such a priority of the government”

  10. Gustopher says:

    @CSK: Footer of the post itself, right above share, tweet and pin?

  11. CSK says:


    Yes, but not for the individual comments.

  12. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    One step at a time, grasshopper. He’s peddling as fast as he can. I’m just happy that I’m not in moderation heck, despite being worthy.

  13. Gustopher says:

    @CSK: Comrade Franklin didn’t want to like a comment, they wanted to like the original post.

    You, however, are out of luck for the moment.

    But as your heart sinks into despair, take some small comfort in this: you are not in any way tempted to like this particular comment so the lack of a like button right here is fine.

    (I do what I can)

  14. CSK says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:

    Yes, Master Po.


    Thumbs up.

  15. Fog says:

    That’s nuff, y’all! Tommy is a good ol’ boy who came up the old fashioned way! He made his millions on the backs of unpaid, mostly black, labor, and when he moved on he devoted the rest of his life to fawking over the same people who made him rich. A Southern Traditionalist through and through.

    Thank the Lord our enemies are morons.

  16. CSK says:


    Alabamans think Tuberville is God. Seriously.

    This obsession with college football is totally alien to me. I couldn’t tell you the names of the coaches at Harvard, Boston College, UMAss, etc., and I doubt that many other locals can, either.

  17. DK says:

    …and I doubt that many other locals can, either.

    Because Massachusetts is basketball country and those schools are not good at football.

    Now ask those same locals about the Pats and the Celtics, and it will be quite a different story.

  18. CSK says:


    Well, B.C. has been pretty good at football. In the pre-Tom Brady years, people got so sick of the Patriots losing all the time that they started watching the B.C. games.

    There’s a big difference, though, between the pro teams like the Pats and Celts and college teams. Everybody can tell you who Belichick and Mazzula are. Nobody thinks either one is God.

    I suppose because there were no pro teams in the south for so long that they had to go with college teams.

  19. CSK says:

    Every time I see this guy’s name, I think of the Toonerville Trolley.

  20. Gavin says:

    Potato city man wasn’t even on the staff when auburn won the title thanks to Cam Newton.. that was Gus Malzahn. He’s known for beating Alabama in the pre-Saban dark ages. If he’s the best auburn has to offer, they’re desperate.

  21. DaveD says:

    As a transplant to Alabama I can say three things definitively: one tubberville is here to stay, two my vote will never matter and three this state is slow walking backwards. They occasionally get dragged forward by the federal government but find a way to race to the bottom.