I may have just been missing them, but is this the first major speech by a candidate to focus on education in general and teachers specifically? For the record, Sen. McCain’s come out in support of performance pay and school vouchers (“coupons” for private school). Obama’s apparent support for performance pay is part of a pragmatic, “clearly it’s not working” approach, while McCain is applying, with the voucher initiative, the larger “competition is good” argument that generally drives most Republican approaches to the economy, regulation, etc. This looks like a clear distinction of serious approaches to America’s teacher problem (with some aligning positions), which is refreshing, though one would hope it would have come up sooner….
McCain had a teacher