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Back to School
As students and teachers go back to school, we are reminded about the importance of education as an election issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. Find out more here about education in the United States, as well as the positions held by Senators McCain and Obama on this crucial topic.

ELECTIONS 2008: Conventions and Polls
From August 25 to 28, Democrats took over Denver, Colorado, to formally nominate Barack Obama as their candidate for president. Republicans did the same for John McCain in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, from September 1 to 4.

Public opinion polling is ever-present in American life. Estimates indicate that, for the 2008 election cycle, more than 500 state and national polls are surveying the U.S. public about the presidential race.

Literature: Classic American Novels
To Kill a Mockingbird, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a small-town lawyer in the American South who defends a man unjustly accused of rape, is one of the all-time classic American novels.

John McCain long has pinpointed Ernest Hemingway's 1940 novel For Whom the Bell Tolls as his favorite book. Barack Obama, in an interview with Rolling Stone published in June, named "For Whom the Bell Tolls" as one of the three books that have inspired him.

In Focus: September 11 Remembered
In Focus: Hispanic American History Month

Webchat Station:
Studium, Praktika, Sommerjobs, High School & AuPair Aufenthalten in den USA, September 8, 2008, 15:00
Ramadan in America: Through the Lens of A Filmmaker, September 9, 2008, 13:30

Introducing: TeacherLingo
TeacherLingo is is a growing teacher community that connects teachers and educators from every level to share ideas, ask questions, learn from each other, or even vent about the school day.


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Updated: September 2008