The Candidates on Science and Technology

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Scientists and Engineers for America (SEA) prepared fourteen questions on science and technology policy for the 2008 presidential candidates:

4. Education. A comparison of 15-year-olds in 30 wealthy nations found that average science scores among U.S. students ranked 17th, while average U.S. math scores ranked 24th. What role do you think the federal government should play in preparing K-12 students for the science and technology driven 21st Century?

Take a look at McCain’s answers, Obamba’s answers, or a comparison of their answers. The side-by-side look at the candidates on science policy is also very interesting. Lastly, take a look at what national voters think about science and the elections. And then there’s the authority

[SEA via Sciencedebate 2008 via gizmodo]

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  1. jpaul

    I fully believe that we are at a crossroads when it comes to science. We’ve lost eight years and something needs to happen with this next presidency which brings science and science education to the forefront. The sheer ignorance that would come from freezing science budgets (McCain) is scary and a tremendous error in judgement. Not to mention what would happen should he not make it four years in the presidency and we are stuck with an individual who would be “dangerous” in the office with her close-mindedness. I’m normally not politically minded, but with the number of scientists who are throwing their support in Obama’s corner, I believe it is truly telling which way our country needs to go. We will never secure our future as a country if we don’t focus on solving the energy crisis through new ideas…which directly correlates with investing money in the sciences and training the Nobel laureates of the future. I’ll post some thoughts on the energy crisis sometime in the near future.

    P.S. These are my opinions…nothing more, nothing less…

    2 November 2008

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