Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

7 Questions about Education for McCain and Obama

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

7 Questions about Education for McCain and Obama

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THOMAS JEFFERSON was one of the main architects of that famous "new world" state which rejected the rule of kings and queens in favor of a government by the people. He argued vigorously that in order to make such a governmental structure work, a strong system of public education was a basic prerequisite. Given the various problems which have plagued the nation's system of public education throughout history, it is critical that all candidates for U.S. president address a number of crucial issues about American education.

Here are seven questions which reporters could use in debates or interviews and individual citizens or educators could use when they encounter a candidate on the campaign trail. If you ask one of these questions of the candidates this fall, please share their answers with Kappan.

#1 One contentious education issue has been the use of public funds to pay for private religious schools. Do you believe that public funds should be used for private religious schools? If so, under what circumstances?

#2 In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that racially segregated schools were "inherently unequal" and therefore unconstitutional. As articulated by researcher Jonathan Kozol in his book, Ordinary Resurrections, some America schools have become resegregated. As president, what would you do to see that American schools comply with the Brown decision? …

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