Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Election 2004: Evaluating Your Candidates

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Election 2004: Evaluating Your Candidates

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Editor's note: As part of our continued effort to get educators involved with the upcoming election, the Center for Digital Education (online at www. centerdigitaled.com) and T.H.E. Journal have compiled the following information to help you evaluate your candidates.

THE TOPIC OF EDUCATION ALWAYS enters the political fray during campaign season. A recent survey from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) suggests that declining parent opinion about the nation's public schools will make education a significant election issue this fall. The survey states that the percentage of parents who gave U.S. public schools an "A" has dropped from 8% in 2001 to 2% today, while 20% of parents gave schools a "B," down from 35%. The majority of parents (45%, up from 33% in 2001) gave schools a "C." Technology is an important component of most jobs and of everyday life for a majority of Americans. Thus, candidates should know that their constituents believe technology is an integral part of education. Following are some questions to consider asking prospective candidates running for all levels of office:

* What do you consider to be the skills needed to create a worklbrce to sustain economic viability for the region and the nation? …

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