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

The Politics of Feedback: Readers' Response to My Presidential Endorsement Reveals Much about the Rift Our Disagreements Can Cause

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

The Politics of Feedback: Readers' Response to My Presidential Endorsement Reveals Much about the Rift Our Disagreements Can Cause

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WE RECEIVED A NUMBER of responses (see Your Letters, page 10) opposing my endorsement of Barack Obama for president ("President Ed Tech," October; www.thejournal.com/articles/23387). We expected that not everyone would agree, but we hoped to stir discussion and prompt people to consider the technology in education platforms of Sen. Obama and Sen. John McCain. We did indeed stir discussion. As I have answered each letter writer individually, I've noticed a few themes.

"You have made your publication partisan" T.H.E. Journal is and will remain nonpartisan. We have praised John Bailey, a Bush appointee to the US Department of Education, for his leadership and openness, and we have criticized the Bush administration for attempting to cut off technology funding. Likewise, we will criticize an Obama administration if we find it is making decisions contrary to the goals of the education technology community or education as a whole.

"You have made your publication political: We have never been apolitical. Education does not happen in a vacuum; policymakers from local boards of education on up to the Oval Office all make decisions that affect what happens in the classroom. Part of our mission is to inform them about technology and education and urge them to pursue the best policies. We regularly encourage readers to contact their congresspeople about matters related to technology and education. …

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