My students and I just completed a study of ALL the questions asked at the 20 debates featuring the Republican candidates for President. That's 839 total questions. How many times did journalists ask about climate change? Two. How many questions about India as a rising power? Zero. How many about small business? One. (Hey: Aren't the Republicans supposed to be the party of small business?) How many about campaign strategy and the negative ads candidates have been running on each other? Uh... 113. Our package includes the study and several related features. Here's my introduction to it.
I've been predicting this might unfold. My gut tells me that we're in the midst of an American "higher education bubble" that's going to pop this decade, and we may well see many more Americans headed overseas for their undergraduate degrees. There's no data in the story to suggest it's already happening... yet.