Last updated on: 1/31/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Barack Obama, JD Biography

Title:
44th President of the United States
Position:
Con to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"
Reasoning:

“[W]e have piled on a lot of standardized tests on our kids…

Too often what we’ve been doing is using these tests to punish students or to, in some cases, punish schools…

[O]ne thing I never want to see happen is schools that are just teaching to the test. Because then you’re not learning about the world; you’re not learning about different cultures, you’re not learning about science, you’re not learning about math. All you’re learning about is how to fill out a little bubble on an exam and the little tricks that you need to do in order to take a test. And that’s not going to make education interesting to you. And young people do well in stuff that they’re interested in. They’re not going to do as well if it’s boring.”

Univision town hall meeting on education, whitehouse.gov (transcript), Mar. 28, 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
  • Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
  • US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2008
  • Former Member, US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Foreign Relations Committee, Environment and Public Works Committee, and Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Illinois State Senator, 1997-2004
  • Civil Rights Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
  • Former community organizer, Chicago, IL
  • Former Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School
  • Former President, Harvard Law Review
  • Recipient, Best Spoken Word Album, Grammy Award, 2006
  • Recipient, Chairman’s Award, National NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), 2005
  • Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
  • Recipient, Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
  • Recipient, Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
  • Recipient, Best Freshman Legislator Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997
Education:
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1991
  • BA, Political Science, Columbia University, 1983
  • Attended Occidental College
  • Graduated, Punahou School, HI, 1979
Contact Info:
Phone
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Email
Online Contact Form
Website
The Office of Barack and Michelle Obama
Other:
  • Twitter: @barackobama
  • First African-American President of the United States
  • First US president to chair a session of the United Nations Security Council
  • First African-American President of the Harvard Law Review
  • First US President born in Hawaii, and first US President born outside the continental United States
  • Named Person of the Year (2008) and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World (2005) by TIME Magazine
  • Named one of the 10 People Who Will Change the World, New Statesman, 2005
  • Recipient, Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
  • Recipient, Monarch Award for Outstanding Public Service, 1994
  • Recipient, 40 Under 40 Award, Crain’s Chicago Business, 1993
  • Married Michelle Robinson, JD, on Oct. 3, 1992
  • Has two children, Malia Ann (born 1998) and Natasha (“Sasha,” born 2001)
  • Legal name is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.
  • Son of Barack Hussein Obama (economist for the Kenyan government) and Ann Dunham, PhD (anthropologist, also known as Stanley Ann Dunham and S. Ann Soetoro)
  • Born at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Honolulu, HI on Aug. 4, 1961
  • Barack Obama: Document History from Birth to Harvard (1961-1991)
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Pro & Con Quotes: Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?