Former vice president Joe Biden said on Saturday that he would ban standardized testing in public schools if he were elected president.

An audience member at the MSNBC Public Education Forum asked Biden:

“Given that standardized testing is rooted in a history of racism and eugenics, if you are elected president, will you commit to ending the use of standardized testing in public schools?”

Biden answered, “Yes. As one of my friends and black pastors I spend a lot of time with . . . would say, you’re preaching to the choir, kid.”

“Teachers should be able to determine the curricula in their school,” he added.

“Now, I’m not trying to be nice, there’s some lousy teachers out there, okay?” Biden said.

“I’m not saying every teacher’s a great teacher. What I am saying is, you know what it takes to communicate to a child what in fact they need to know.”

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