If you’ve been watching the primaries you know how little has been said about education. According to Gallop only 3-5% of Americans see education as a top priority this year. As a nation the economy is our top concern this election cycle.
But given our worries about the economy you would think that education would be at the forefront of our national discourse. Education is the best way to grow the long run GDP potential of a country. And there is a chronic shortage of qualified talent to work in our tech sector. Our education system is facing a number of challenges, and our students and teachers need the support and focus of our politicians.
Here are some of the issues I’d like to hear our nominees for president talking about:
- The Poverty-Education Gap
- Early Childhood Education
- College costs
- School internet connectivity and wifi
- Coding in every classroom
These are real challenges that require the attention of our entire political system. Don’t you think it is a bit odd that they’ve largely been absent from our primary debates?