Presidential educational policy discussion

Just happened to listen in on the live webcast today about the educational ideas of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. Representatives of each candidate talked about future educational policies if their candidate is elected. I’m sure it will be replayed here some time soon. This webcast/panel discussion was sponsored by the New America Foundation who is based in Washington, D.C. According to its website, “The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.”

Lisa Graham Keegan represented Senator McCain’s perspective and ideas abut education, while Jon Schnur represented Senatar Obama’s perspective and ideas about education.

It was good to hear discussion about online learning and Clayton Christensen’s book, Disrupting Class, as part of the conversation. Lisa Graham Keegan referenced the book and referred to recent McCain comments about the importance of online learning.

Both representatives agreed that the achievement gap needs to continue to be closed between different student groups. Topics discussed included NCLB, online learning, addressing the dropout crisis in America and general educational policy and the future. McCain Education Stance. Obama Education Stance. Worth listening to the hour long discussion.

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2 Responses to “Presidential educational policy discussion”


  1. 1 Michael Horn July 24, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Rob — Thanks for keeping us posted on all of this information. This is very informative, and I’ll have to check out the Web cast. Glad to hear the presidential candidates’ advisors’ had this discussion — and that Disrupting Class is making an impact on influencing how people think about the future of education and the possibilities before us. I’ve really been enjoying reading your blog.


  1. 1 Blogging About K-12 Online Learning « Virtual High School Meanderings Trackback on September 16, 2008 at 10:52 am

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