Notable by its relative absence in the first three presidential debates, the issue of education made a brief appearance during the last presidential debate between Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Barack Obama (D-IL) when moderator Bob Schieffer asked the first and only question specifically about education:
“The U.S. spends more per capita than any other country on education, yet by every international measurement in math and science competence from kindergarten through the twelfth grade, we trail most of the countries of the world,” Schieffer said. “The implications of this are clearly obvious. Some even say it poses a threat to our national security. Do you feel that way, and what do you intend to do about it?”
To watch the candidates’ answers to the question, go to http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2008/10/15/sot.debate3.part3.cnn. The education question occurs near the 9:40 mark.