Last updated on: 5/17/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

George W. Bush, MBA Biography

Title:
43rd President of the United States
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"
Reasoning:

“You don’t know unless you measure. Listen, I’ve heard every excuse in the book about measurement. You know, ‘You’re testing too much.’ ‘You’re teaching the test.’ And, you know, ‘Don’t test.’ If you don’t test, you have a system that just shuffles the kids through, and that’s unacceptable. It’s unacceptable to quit on a kid early and just say, ‘Move through, and hope you learn.’ What you’ve got to do is measure to determine where they are, and then you can compare districts and compare States. And as a result of strong accountability measures and good teachers and more funding, the results are positive. The fourth grade math test scores around the Nation are up 9 points since 2000. In other words, we’re beginning to achieve—meet national objectives, which is a more literate group of students. The reading—eighth grade math scores are up 5 points. Fourth graders are now testing above—reading tests are increasing for fourth graders. We’re making a difference.”

Discussion at West View Elementary School, Knoxville, TN, (Jan. 8, 2004), Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: George W. Bush, 2004, Volume 1, 2007

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:
  • Founder, George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
  • 43rd President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2001 – Jan. 19, 2009
  • 46th Governor of Texas, 1994-2000
  • Co-owner, Texas Rangers baseball franchise, 1989-1998
  • Member, Board of Directors, Harken Energy Corporation, 1986-1993
  • Advisor and Speechwriter for the George H.W. Bush 1988 and 1992 presidential campaigns
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spectrum 7 Energy Corp., 1984-1986
  • Founder, Arbusto Energy, 1978
  • F-102 Fighter Pilot, Texas Air National Guard, 1968-1973
Education:
  • MBA, Harvard Business School, 1975
  • BA, History, Yale University, 1968
  • Attended Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Contact Info:
Phone
972-353-0545 (George W. Bush Presidential Library)
Email
gwbush.library@nara.gov
Website
George W. Bush Presidential Library
Other:
  • Son of 41st US President George H.W. Bush
  • TIME magazine’s Person of the Year, 2000 and 2004
  • Married Laura Welch, former elementary school teacher and children’s librarian, on Nov. 5, 1977
  • Has twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara
  • Member, Skull and Bones secret society, Yale University
  • Legal name is George Walker Bush
  • Born in New Haven, CT on July 6, 1946
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Pro & Con Quotes: Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?