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Hillary Rodham Clinton, JD Biography

Former US Secretary of State
Con to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"

“You all know what’s happening with No Child Left Behind; the test is becoming the curriculum, when it should be the other way around. And the curriculum is being narrowed. I hear story after story about music, and art, or physical education, or field trips being cut out of the school day to make more time for drilling and routine work to prepare for the test. I don’t know about you but I remember those field trips. I learned a lot on things that took me out of the classroom with my teacher’s guidance and gave me a view of a wider world. How much learning is exactly going on? Our children are getting good at filling in those little bubbles, but how much creativity is being left behind? How much passion for learning is being left behind? And what about those children who we know are bright and successful in the classroom but simply don’t perform well on tests? And we know these children; I know these children. They have tremendous talents, maybe musical or artistic talents. They’re made to feel like failures because the curriculum doesn’t reward what it is they are good at.”

Address to the National Education Association (NEA) Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly,, June-July 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 67th US Secretary of State, Jan. 21, 2009–Feb. 1, 2013
  • US Senator (D-NY), 2001-2009
  • Senate Committee Membership: Armed Services; Environment and Public Works; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Special Committee on Aging
  • 2008 Democratic Party presidential candidate
  • First Lady of the United States, 1993-2000
  • First Lady of Arkansas, 1979-1981, 1983-1992
  • Chair, Task Force on National Health Care Reform, 1993
  • Board Member, TCBY Yogurt Company, 1985-1992
  • Board Member, Wal-Mart, 1985-1992
  • Attorney, Rose Law Firm, 1976-1992
  • Faculty, University of Arkansas Law School, 1975-1976
  • Staff Member, House Judiciary Committee, 1974
  • Former Chair, American Bar Association’s Commission on Women
  • Co-Founder, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
  • Former President, Young Republicans, Wellesley College
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1973
  • BA, Political Science, Wellesley College, 1969
  • Graduated, Maine Township High School South, 1965
  • Former Chairperson, Arkansas Educational Standards Committee
  • Former Board Member, Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Former Board Member, Legal Services Corporation
  • Former Board Member, Children’s Defense Fund
  • Former Board Member, Child Care Action Campaign
  • Former Board Member, Children’s Television Workshop
  • Recipient, Military Order of the Purple Heart’s Inspirational Leadership Award, 2006
  • Inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame, 2005
  • Recipient, Reserve Officers Association National President’s Award, 2005
  • Recipient, Mother Theresa award from Albanian government for work with Kosovar refugees, 1999
  • Recipient, United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize, Geneva, Switzerland, 1998
  • Married Bill Clinton (later the 42nd US president) on Oct. 11, 1975
  • Former editorial board member, Yale Review of Law and Social Action
  • Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Maine Township High School South, 1965
  • Born Hillary Diane Rodham in Chicago, IL on Oct. 26, 1947
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