Why do I do this? Because the school you go to is a great filtering mechanism. If schools didn't filter we would all go to Harvard, Berkeley, and MIT. We would all go to the best schools because we want to ensure that we get the best education. So, while the school a candidate went to isn't the only determining factor, it's an important one.
Then I look at how that person did at school. Did he graduate at the top of his class at Harvard? Did he graduate at all? Did the candidate work hard in school? That's important. The only reason a person has to work hard at school is if they are motiviated. For the first time in a person's life, they are on their own, and no one is really pushing them anymore. There is no external scrutiny, and that tells me something about their character.
Now, I apply those decision criteria to the people running for office, as summarized on this blog:
Barack Obama:I have to say that is a pretty stark difference, and that difference is one of the biggest reasons for me to vote for Obama. I want smart people in office. I want people who are smarter and have worked harder than me to represent me to the world.
- Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations.
- Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude
- University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
- Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)
John McCain: United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899
- Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
- North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
- University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
- Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
- University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism