As the parent of two teens who are too young to vote but who have begun to show an interest in the political process, we have watched the first two Presidential Debates as well as the Vice Presidential Debate. At this point, I have been amazed and frankly disappointed with the conduct of the candidates. Rather than displaying the ability to listen respectfully and respond, the candidates have chosen to interrupt, smirk and laugh at one another. Instead of sharing their ideas, the candidates have decided to attack and call each other liars. As an educational institution, we would not tolerate any of our 2nd grade students finger pointing, interrupting, shouting at one another and refusing to wait their turn turn. However, these behaviors have become the rule rather than the exception in these debates.
I hope the third and final debate is entirely different. I hope our young people, (as well as the rest of us) have an opportunity to observe two leaders with vastly different perspectives present their thoughts, ideas and concepts to not only the American public but to the world at large in a way we can be proud of.