Student Opinion on the Presidential Debate


Today The Learning Network, the New York Times’ education blog that provides teaching and learning materials for teachers and students, asked students to submit their opinions on last night’s presidential debates:

As you watch the debates on Wednesday night, tell us what you think. Did anything that was said will “move the needle” on either campaign? We’ll be moderating comments live, and choosing our favorite as “Comments of the Moment.”

The Learning Network’s resources and teaching and learning ideas are based on New York Times content. Opinions about the debate are listed under their daily “Student Opinion” post, questions about issues in the news for students 13 and older. Questions about the debate are centered around The Times article “In 90-minute Debate, 2 Candidates Stand on Equal Footing” by Jeff Zeleny.

It’s great to see that a number of well-informed students have already posted very insightful comments about their impressions of last night’s debate on the blog. Here are a few samplers:

I think that these debates will not make much difference in the election. The things they say are obviously things that they reviewed and practiced before hand. I think most people have already decided who they are going to vote for. People are stubborn. Something like a debate is not going to change people’s minds. – Ryan G.

I am interested to see what the candidates will discuss relating to education in our country as it directly affects the students of our country. In the past, school funding has been cut severely, limiting the academic possibilities for students. I am curious about how the candidates will be able to decide ways to fund our country in order to allow students pursuing careers to be able to pay for rising tuition fees and provide money for schools to increase the activities and possible experiences of students.              - William L.

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the way Obama and Romney seem unable to decide on actual facts; everything one says must be countered by the other. If Obama insists that companies get a tax break for shipping jobs overseas, Romney instantly snaps back that he has never heard of this! How are people supposed to know what is true? And about Romney’s tax plan, can he please make up his mind? For most of this election he has taken the “$5 trillion” approach, but now it appears that he has some brand new idea to test out. But he refuses to say where he’ll get the money from to complete such a plan! More than anything, this reminds me of a two kids going at each other. The moderator doesn’t seem to be able to control Romney at all and nobody is directly answering the questions they are being asked! #HTHS – Nivetha K.

Obviously Romney believes in good teachers. He was right about th e schools in MA. There are some of the best in the country there, and good teaching is a huge part of what makes schools “good”. This debate is getting a little out of hand. Every segment is going over the time limit by A LOT. I feel bad for Jim Lehrer, he is trying the best he can, but he needs to be more aggressive. Obama and Romney should also pay him more respect. Whenever he tries to cut the time off, they step all over his words. – Lauren S.

People bring up the economy, gas prices, and the number of jobs. But, people, remember, Mitt Romney said he loves Big Bird. I think that deserves a couple million more votes. – Elvis C.

Students, check out the rest of the comments here, and make sure you leave one of your own!  Teachers, check out The Learning Network’s great 2012 election resources here. Technapex readers, share your thoughts on Romney, Obama, Lehrer, and Big Bird in the comments below, or take it to Twitter at @Technapex.

 

 

Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.

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About Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.