Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Frequency of Words in the Republican Debates

From an article by Richard and  Karen Gift in Columbia University’s Teachers College Record (as of  November 18):

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 “regulation” (70 times), “kill” (78 times), “Reagan” (82 times), “energy” (107 times), “illegal” (109 times), “Washington” (124 times), “Obamacare” (125 times), “border” (128 times), the number “9” (382 times), and “job” (471 times). In the most recent debate in Rochester, MI, education was mentioned only 11 times—8 of which were in the context of getting Uncle Sam out of education altogether.

 What does the word count tell us about national priorities?

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