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John McCain on Drugs…and Education

September 21, 2007

Without further ado, I present two candidates of the 2008 presidential race – Hillary Clinton and John McCain – and their positions on a topic that students are sure to find relevant…education!!
(For a list of all the candidates and their stances on education –> click here).
Every American feels the effect of this issue through taxes and policies developed at all levels of government, whether it be local, state, or national.

It’s pretty clear that America could use a strong educational reform, but just throwing money at the problem like we have been doing won’t solve anything – it’s like sweeping the dust under the rug. A disastrous governmental plan to reform our educational system, and a good example of a money-waster is the No Child Left Behind Act (check out The Onion‘s take on this).
Both John McCain and Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the bill in 2001, however Hillary has changed her stance on this issue since then. McCain said in a speech in Tempe, Arizona in 2006 that NCLB “requires a review to measure its full efficacy,” and claimed the act was a “great start.”
Clinton on the other hand, is disappointed in the bill’s under-funding, claiming the bill hasn’t practiced what it initially preached. She is for a complete revamping of the bill.

I’m going to jump topics here to vouchers. Vouchers are the American way of promoting competition in our educational system which is typically very monopolistic (meaning parent’s have little or no choice about where they want to send their children to public school). Vouchers are tax-funded, and allow a parent to send their kid(s) to a school of their choosing.
McCain supports the use of vouchers, and believes they increase motivation of schools to improve in order to prevent losing students.
Clinton is against voucher programs, maintaining that they compete with funding that would otherwise be given directly to schools for improvements. (That’s the idea. The schools make the money back if they have more students.)
McCain and Clinton have different opinions on the means of improving our educational system, but their ends are the same. McCain believes competition and student-teacher evaluations (NCLB) will force schools to improve, whereas Clinton believes that increasing the funding will work its own wonders.

Don’t miss this –> John McCain on Drugs


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