Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Clinton vs. Obama vs. McCain: Education

Here is a comparison of what the leading candidates say about education on their "issues" pages of their campaign web sites. These are just excerpts but I have provided the links if you want to read all of what they say. I assume that these issue statements were carefully decided upon and carefully crafted to appeal and communicate to a national audience (as opposed to a speech directed to a particular special interest audience). I have added some comments in red.

Clinton: Early Childhood Education. Hillary knows that parents are our children's first teachers, and the early years have a tremendous impact on their lives. That is why she will invest heavily in proven strategies to get all children ready for school, including: Nurse home visitation programs to help new parents develop parenting skills … Pre-kindergarten for all four-year olds.
K-12. Hillary also knows that we have to improve our K-12 system in order to ensure that every child is prepared to compete in an increasingly global economy. As president, she will: End the unfunded mandate known as No Child Left Behind; Meet the funding promises of IDEA to ensure that children with special needs get the attention and support they deserve; Recruit and retain thousands more outstanding teachers and principals, especially in urban and rural areas; Cut the minority dropout rate in half. …
College Access. … In the 21st century, a college education is more important than ever. Hillary believes it's time for a new bargain with the American people -- a bargain that gives all Americans willing to work hard the tools they need to get ahead. Her plan will make college more affordable and accessible so that every American who has earned it and wants to go has the chance to get a college degree. …

Obama: Early Childhood Education. Zero to Five Plan: Obama's comprehensive "Zero to Five" plan will provide critical support to young children and their parents. … Affordable, High-Quality Child Care: Obama will also provide affordable and high-quality child care to ease the burden on working families.
K-12. Reform No Child Left Behind: Obama will reform NCLB, which starts by funding the law. Obama believes teachers should not be forced to spend the academic year preparing students to fill in bubbles on standardized tests. … Obama will also improve NCLB's accountability system so that we are supporting schools that need improvement, rather than punishing them. Make Math and Science Education a National Priority: … Address the Dropout Crisis: … Expand High-Quality Afterschool Opportunities: … Support English Language Learners: … Recruit, Prepare, Retain, and Reward America's Teachers … Higher Education. Create the American Opportunity Tax Credit: … Simplify the Application Process for Financial Aid: …

McCain: This topic did not rise to the level of being included in his official issue statements.

Other recent comparison posts of mine: abortion, stem cell research, immigration, energy/environment

Also, see side bar for links to comparisons of other issues

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