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.”
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.