Last updated on: 6/6/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Newt Gingrich, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives (R-GA)
Position:
Con to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"
Reasoning:

“I think the whole concept of a state or federal curriculum is profoundly wrong. If you bureaucratize the process, you bureaucratize the teacher, you make it all boring and it all becomes a matter of cheating. Because when you’re studying for the test, you’re not studying to learn, you’re studying to get through some test and everybody knows it. So you gradually take life out of the system.”

Quoted by Jason Clayworth, “Eliminate Educational Curriculums, Gingrich Tells Iowans,” Des Moines Register, Sep. 30, 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:
  • Founder, Center for Health Transformation, 2003-present
  • Founder, Gingrich Group (communications and consulting firm), 1999-present
  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford University, 1999-present
  • Republican Presidential Candidate, 2011-2012
  • News and Political Analyst, Fox News Channel, 1999-Mar. 2, 2011
  • Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
  • General Chairman, American Solutions for Winning the Future
  • Co-Chairman, National Commission for Quality Long-term Care
  • Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Jan. 4, 1995 – Jan. 3, 1999
  • Minority Whip of the US House of Representatives, Mar. 20, 1989 – Jan. 3, 1995
  • US Representative (R-GA), Jan. 3, 1979 – Jan. 3, 1999
  • Member, House Administration Committee, Subcommittee on Procurement and Printing, 1993-1995
  • Member, House Joint Committee on Printing, 1993-1995
  • Professor, History and Environmental Studies, West Georgia College, 1970-1978
  • Southern Regional Director for Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, 1968
Education:
  • PhD, Western European History, Tulane University, 1971
  • MA, Modern European History, Tulane University, 1968
  • BA, History, Emory University, 1965
Contact Info:
Phone
None found
Email
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Website
Newt.org
Other:
  • Cofounder, Gingrich Productions (multimedia production company)
  • Honorary Chairman, NanoBusiness Alliance, 2000-present
  • Founding Member, Project Vote Smart
  • Member, Terrorism Task Force, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Advisory Board Member, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  • Advisory Board Member, Common Good
  • Member of the Catholic Church since Jan. 2009 (formerly Baptist)
  • Married to Callista Gingrich nee Bisek (third marriage)
  • Has two daughters from his first marriage, Jackie and Kathy
  • Legal name is Newton Leroy Gingrich
  • Born in Harrisburg, PA on June 17, 1943
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Pro & Con Quotes: Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?