Education lauded at Democratic National Convention

As convention season drew to a close Thursday in Philadelphia, national leaders lauded U.S. educators during their prime time speeches at the Democratic National Convention.

Vice President Joe Biden included a shout-out to the nation’s teachers during a speech that drew praise for its catalog of the nation’s strengths.

“The teachers who Jill knows who take money out of their own pockets to buy pencils and notebooks for their students who can't afford them. Why? Because being a teacher is not what they do, it is who they are. You know what I know, for real. These are the people that are the heart and soul of this country,” Biden said.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday night urged voters to continue to seek progress "for every child who needs a sturdier ladder out of poverty" through education. And Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine attributed much of his political drive to his Catholic high school studies and his experiences teaching young people in Honduras.

Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in her acceptance speech stressed the importance of education not only in her life but also on the nation’s future prosperity.

Clinton said her mother, who was abandoned by her parents at a young age, was “saved by the kindness of others,” including a first-grade teacher who brought lunch for her hungry student.

As an adult, Clinton said, she was inspired by her mother’s early struggles to work on behalf of disabled children, who were often excluded from educational opportunities.

Clinton said her “first 100 days” plan to increase the number of good-paying jobs in the U.S. will involve transforming how young people prepare for those jobs.

“College is crucial, but a four-year degree should not be the only path to a good job, Clinton said. “We're going to help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it.”

You can view the DNC platform, including its education planks, here.

July 29, 2016