Poythress challenges Barnes to ed debate: Let the games begin

I would love to see more political debates focused on education. In most debates, education gets one or two questions, and most of the answers are the stock responses about raising the bar and improving teacher quality. There is no time for candidates to spell out how they would accomplish those goals.

Here is a release from David Poythress challenging Roy Barnes to an education debate.  For quick background on the recent spat between the two candidates that preceded this press release,  check out Political Insider

“Today, General David Poythress, Democratic candidate for Governor of Georgia, challenged former Governor Roy Barnes to debate on education in Georgia.

“I called Barnes on the carpet for disrespecting the Democratic Party to a group of mostly Republicans, and his response was to accuse me of ‘ignoring the real issues,’” says Poythress.  “Well, I’ve been talking about the critical issues facing Georgia since I entered the race last year.”

“While Barnes and I have different ideas for the challenges facing the next Governor, the largest difference between our policies are in the field of education,” says Poythress.  “My highest priority will be to transform our public schools into 21st Century classrooms, giving our educators the tools they need to produce a globally competitive graduating class each and every year.”

Poythress, in a series of policy statements and to audiences across the state, has made the centerpiece of his campaign the transformation of our public school system.

Although Barnes has issued no written statements of his plans for education, the policies he has advocated at public events are nothing new – just the same ideas he advocated in the past.

“I stand ready to meet Barnes in the location, date and time of his choosing to discuss our plans for education,” says Poythress.  “We’ll even pick up the tab for any costs associated with the venue.”

5 comments Add your comment

David S

September 28th, 2009
12:09 pm

Just another opportunity for two parasites to pander to the constituents with empty promises of how THEY will finally fix a problem whose roots are found in the government operation of education itself. These promises will of course pacify the ignorant parents and teachers and garner more votes from the biggest liar.

Let the election season begin.

H.L. Menken once referred to and election as “the advance auction of future stolen goods.” Nothing could be more accurate.


September 28th, 2009
6:54 pm

I, too, would love to see real debates about education reform- brilliant minds acknowleging the problems and determined to find solutions. The political stage is not, I fear, the place to find that…especially here in Georgia. If a Democrat came up with a great plan, the Republicans would posture and scream, send out tea parties, and stir furor among the people,. If a Republican came up with a plan, the Democrats would amend it until it became unaffordable. And if an Independent party came up with a brilliant idea, the Republicans and Democrats would ignore it.

Maureen's accountability metric

September 28th, 2009
8:35 pm

If we want a real debate, geared toward real solutions, get a moderator who will demand that each candidate explain, in specific detail, how they will support teachers in dealing with chronically disruptive students who disproportionately effect the learning process.

And no, no one from the AJC editorial board comes to mind as the type of moderator needed. However, maybe recent retiree Jim Wooten wouldn’t mind grilling Poythress and Barnes.

Figuratively speaking, of course.


September 28th, 2009
9:02 pm

Maureen, an excellent point! Good moderation really made a difference in some of the presidential debates.
P.S. Some of my family’s dinner table debates need a really brave modifier-know any, by chance? :)


September 28th, 2009
10:52 pm

Wow… a throwdown on education Who knew it could happen. Where’s the popcorn?