Election 2016: Commentary

The 2016 presidential campaign season has prompted opinion writers to question what a Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump presidency could mean for American education. Read what writers have to say about the current presidential election’s implications for education policy, classroom discussions, and students’ civic engagement.


Don't Let Partisanship Overshadow Fact-Finding

This divisive election season is a stark reminder of the role of objective information in informing policy, writes Michael J. Feuer. (November 2, 2016)


Why Students Can't Google Their Way to the Truth

Students would be wise to learn the strategies fact-checkers use to evaluate online information, write Sam Wineburg and Sarah McGrew. (November 2, 2016)


A Conservative K-12 Agenda: Ideas for the Next President

Neither Clinton nor Trump favor a conservative approach to education, write Frederick M. Hess and Max Eden. (September 19, 2016)


Trump, Fox News, and Educating the American Voter

Donald Trump’s rise as a presidential candidate reflects a problem with American education, argues Marc S. Tucker. (September 19, 2016)


American Politics Through the Eyes of an 8th Grader

An 8th grade history teacher discusses what his students understand about today's rancorous political climate and what adults would do well to remember. (July 7, 2016)


Education Is Absent From the 2016 Presidential Race

The 2016 election vindicates Neil Postman's ominous prophecy that we are "amusing ourselves to death," writes T. Robinson Ahlstrom. (March 9, 2016)


'Political Parenting' Can Be a Counter to Incivility

Parents and students must join forces to contribute to the civic development of young people, writes Michael McDevitt. (October 7, 2015)


Getting Millennials Engaged in Civic Life

Hands-on, technology-enhanced learning can help students become more interested and involved in the political process, writes Jean MacCormack. (March 18, 2015)

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