As promised yesterday, today we begin the presidential education debate. First, a few of the ground rules. To compare the two campaigns’ education platforms, we will be looking at campaign websites only. Good friend and new media guru Geoff Livingston has said if you aren’t on the Web, you might as well be dead. The Internet is now our go-to source for information and data; it is where we turn when we need to learn something. So we’re just looking at what each candidate has put up on their official website. If it isn’t important enough to post on the Web, then it needn’t be part of this debate. So stump speeches, surrogate talking points, and the rest are important, so if you have them, submit them as comments and I’ll post them immediately.
Today, we will look at U.S. Sen. John McCain’s platform. Tomorrow, it will be U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s turn. Both of these looks will be factual only, with a tick-by-tick look at the issues and policies of importance. Friday, we’ll put our analyst/critic/agitator hat back on and see where the commonalities and differences lie, along with what issues are most important to education reformers.
Let the games begin!