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That's funny... I checked my calendars for 2002 through 2008 and 9/11 was on each and every one of them! And when I flip ahead to 9/11/09, I see we can expect it to arrive this year too!
I'd rather prepare for the future than live in fear of the past!
Do you know that the top 25% of Chinese students out number the entire student population of the United States, it is the same with India. The top 25% of students in those countries go to university and the rest are guided to jobs in trade and industry. We cannot accurately compare the whole of the United States with the top 25% of others.
In other countries in the world, health care is a guarantee, and providing for children from pregnancy to adulthood is the rule rather than the exception.
How can the top 5% of this nation's wealthiest people control more than 90% of the income in this country?
Only in the United States do we pay professional athletes millions of dollars to be entertained, while we have a growing majority of families without the basic necessities of life.
Until we take off our Rose-colored glasses that we live in a free society and take responsibility for the direction our Nation has taken can we reform any part of our reality.
Vote for John McCain if you want more of the SAME!
Trillions of dollars in national debt, bail out plans for the wealthy and NO plan for the future!
As bad as President Bush has been, you all forget we haven't had another 9/11 in 7 yrs. I'm very disappointed in his choices, but how can you think Obama will be a better choice? If you watched the first debate, he will not be stopping the war, only transferring it to Afghanistan and Pakistan. If you don't believe me, watch them over again and really listen to his answers. As for being eloquent, you must have missed him speaking in PA when his telepromter went out. He is very good at reading what's in front of him or memorizing a good speech. It's off the cuff he can't do and that tells a lot about a person and his knowledge and experience. And for education? Both want to reform the NCLB act. It was a novel idea, but it needs a lot of tweaking. I vote McCain.
Both Candidates support some form of merit based pay-- I fear this will adversely affect inner city teachers. Does anybody see how it will not? The haves will still have and the have nots will still have not! This inner city issue is also where those teacher turnover rates and drop out rates are staggering!!!
For a publication of Edutopia's stature to not even mention third party candidates on a question of this importance is a major disappointment and inappropriate.
While I will probably be voting for one of candidates you do list by name - the educational platform of the Green Party represented by Pres. candidate Cynthia McKinney and VP candidate Rosa Clemente is much more progressive and forward thinking than the democratic or republican nominees.
While Obama's vision of education is closer to mine than McCain's. It is Cynthia McKinney's that is closest to my own. Edutopia's decision to not include McKinney by name in this poll shows a bias and lack of inclusiveness when considering visions of education.
Really? "Thoughtful, articulate, and pro-education" could describe any of the candidates. Are you really suggesting that we vote for someone based on his youthfulness? Surely there are better reasons to cast a vote than that. I guess we should have all voted for Hillary, if she had gotten the nod, because it would be so inspiring to young girls to have a female president - whether or not we thought she would actually make a good president, which I guess we won't find out through this election after all. I think the question was which is better: choosing schools and having vouchers for private schools and funding virtual schools and online classes, or foregoing the vouchers and instead focusing on school reform and emphasizing science, technology, and math as these are America's fastest growing fields.
Please don't. Why vote for a candidate that you have to plug your nose for when Obama represents a great new direction? Think of how inspiring it will be to young people across this nation to have a president who is young, thoughtful, articulate, and pro education. Give your students hope and vote Obama!
I had to take time during the busy first day of school to comment on your article on the Presidential election. Before I express my strongest disappointment I must ask some questions:
-Are you aware that more than two candidates are running for President of the United States? (Probably not because the corporate media is, as usual, ignoring or dismissing the other candidates.)
-Are you aware that on Election Day MOST of your readers will have more than two choices? (Probably not because the "two parties", and many States themselves make it nearly impossible for "outsiders" to get on the ballot.)
-Are you aware that it is a Constitutional Right to run for President? (Probably not because the Bi-Partisan Commission on Presidential Debates only invites their chosen candidates and dictates the location, format, moderator, audience, broadcast sponsor, and questions so that the "debate" will once again resemble a duet of tired old sound bites instead of an actual exchange and debate of new ideas.)
-Are you going to publish an apology and corrected information in your next issue so that your readers can learn who is on the ballot in their state and the educational positions of ALL candidates. (Probably not.)
-Will anything change if we keep voting for the same two parties over and over and over? (Definitely not.)
I agree neither of these candidates will make a great leader to this nation and therefore will not be able to bring the change THE PEOPLE want to see on many fronts including education. Hillary Clinton we need you!!!
I'm frustrated. Neither of these candidates seems to represent me as the next leader of our nation. It's not about whether the candidate is great on "education"; what matters is his or her overall leadership ability.