The date for the US election is quickly approaching. On Tuesday, November 4, 2008, many of us will head to the polls to select the next president of the United States. The decision we make will depend heavily on the candidates' positions on the important issues. As a science educator, I am very interested in the candidates' ideas regarding both science and education. I've been doing a bit of research and I have found some really interesting and informative websites floating in cyberspace. I thought I would take a moment and share them with you. After all, it is important that we all take part in the election process. However, it is even more important that we take part in the process as informed citizens.
- The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has a website devoted to the candidates' positions on science issues. You can find it here.
- The website, ScienceDebate2008, represents the work of 38,000 scientists and citizens interested in issues related to science. The project collected 3,400 science-related questions for the presidential candidates to answer. Working with various scientific organizations, project founders narrowed the submissions down to 14 questions about health, research, the environment, and science education.
- The writers of Popular Science Magazine review and analyze the candidates' answers to ScienceDebate2008 questions. The page, PoliticalScience, summarizes the major differences between the candidates' positions (if there are any) and allows readers to weigh in on the debate.
- Nature has an entire section of its website devoted to the 2008 election and issues related to science. The section outlines the candidates positions on global warming, energy, evolution, science education and other important issues. There are also news articles and editorials related to the role of science in the upcoming election.