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Charts: Diminished Debate Role For Education (So Far)

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Four years ago, EdWeek estimated that just 3 percent of the primary debates addressed issues of education.  (Was it the number of questions or the amount of time?  I don't remember & can't find the link.)

So far this year, that number is down to 1 percent. See chart at left, via Joel Klein in today's Washington Post.

All is not lost, however.  

First of all, who knows what kind of crazy stuff would have come out if the Republican candidates had talked more about education?  

Also, there's still the general election ahead of us.

Predicted debate questions:  college for everyone, homeschooling, NCLB waivers, teaching to the test, parent trigger.  

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One wonders if Mr. Klein would support granting money to tutoring centres serving poor children who need to pass admissions exams in English, mathematics, and science to enter voucher-supported upper secondary schools. Tutoring support is currently authorized under No Child Left Behind, but has been badly underutilized by high schools like the one I used to work at, which only opted to tutor students using the same staff that was already failing to have a very positive impact on its students during normal school hours. By contrast, tutoring is the not-very-covert secret east Asians use to get their children all those sky high test scores Mr. Klein appears envious of. Simply having our middle schoolers use their afternoons more efficiently than they are doing now would have a big impact.

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