I just facebook’ed a link to dontforgeted.org – but 140 characters were not enough to add my 2¢ worth.
I think that education should be among our candidates top priorities. But our problem is not education nearly as much as it is educating so many children who live in poverty.
When you compare the scores of American children from higher socio-economic backgrounds with nations that do not suffer the levels of poverty that are tolerated in the U.S., then we actually do quite well! For instance, schools in the U.S. with fewer than 10% of their students living in or near poverty scored 551 on the PISA math test, second only to Shanghai, China.
So, at the same time that I think public education in the U.S. should be a top priority, the problems of education won’t be solved by government mandates or privatization.
The welfare of all the “people” in the United States is the top concern.
That said, here’s the link – http://dontforgeted.org