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Quotes - Dubya on Education (2001 and earlier)
(Giving ample evidence of the need for an improved education system)
Jordan, I wasn't sure what to think at first. You know, I grew up in a period of time where the idea of America being under attack never entered my mind — just like your Daddy's and Mother's mind probably. And I started thinking hard in that very brief period of time about what it meant to be under attack. I knew that when I got all of the facts that we were under attack, there would be hell to pay for attacking America.
Age-appropriate response (?) made to a 3rd grader's question, own hall meeting, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001
We've got to make sure that the education system throughout the world provides people the needs to be able to provide work.
If only education reform were retroactive, eh Dubya? Barbara Walters interview, Dec. 4, 2001
The White House is in Washington, D.C., it's up East.
Explaining that East is "Up" to students at Crawford Elementary School, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 23, 2001
Sometimes, boys and girls would rather watch TV than read. When your teachers say read, they are giving you pretty damn good advice.
Advice given to 30 British schoolchildren after Dubya's tour of the British Museum, to whom he also offered the pearl "It's White" when asked by a child what the White House is like, London Daily Mirror, Jul. 19, 2001
We're beginning to change the way of thinking, so we ask the question, before we put you anywhere, we want to know what you know. And if you don't know what you're supposed to know, we'll correct it early, before it's too late.
Making an excellent case for educational reforms, Washington, D.C., Jun. 21, 2001
If a person doesn't have the capacity that we all want that person to have, I suspect hope is in the far distant future, if at all.
Remarks to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute, Washington, D.C., May 22, 2001
If you're like me, you won't remember everything you did here. That can be a good thing.
Address at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, May 21, 2001
We must have the attitude that every child in America — regardless of where they're raised or how they're born — can learn.
I never expected birthing to come into this, New Britain, Connecticut, Apr. 18, 2001
It is time to set aside the old partisan bickering and finger-pointing and name-calling that comes from freeing parents to make different choices for their children.
So that's where it all comes from. Washington, D.C., Apr. 12, 2001
It's in your best interests, by the way, that we have a literate tomorrow. You're irrelevant if people can't read. And we need to start figuring out whether they can or cannot early in a child's career.
National Newspaper Association 40th Annual Government Affairs Conference, Washington, D.C., Mar. 22, 2001
We've got to end the process-oriented world of public schools.
Clearly put. Washington, D.C., Mar. 20, 2001
Of all states that understands local control of schools, Iowa is such a state.
Dubya tries to be complimentary, but comes across as grammatically-challenged instead, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Feb. 28, 2001
You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.
Touting his education reform plans, Townsend Elementary School, Townsend, Tennessee, Feb. 21, 2001
Madam Superintendent, I promise you, I know where the great educational entrepreneurship of America lay, and it lay right here, in districts such as this one.
It sure don't lay anywhere near Dubya, St. Louis, Missouri, Feb. 20, 2001
One reason I like to highlight reading is, reading is the beginnings of the ability to be a good student. And if you can't read, it's going to be hard to realize dreams. It's going to be hard to go to college. So when your teachers say, read, you ought to listen to her.
Nalle Elementary School, Washington, D.C., Feb. 9, 2001
As governor of Texas, I have set high standards for our public schools, and I have met those standards.
That's reassuring, CNN online chat, Aug. 30, 2000
We want our teachers to be trained so they can meet the obligations, their obligations as teachers. We want them to know how to teach the science of reading. In order to make sure there's not this kind of federal — federal cufflink.
That's just hilarious, Fritsche Middle School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mar. 30, 2000
Reading is the basics for all learning.
Announcing his "Reading First" initiative, Reston, Virginia, Mar. 28, 2000
How do you know if you don't measure if you have a system that simply suckles kids through?
Explaining (?) the need for educational accountability, Beaufort, South Carolina, Feb. 16, 2000
Rarely is the question asked, are, is our children learning?
That question is indeed a rare one... Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000
Governor Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure.
At least he was adamant about it, Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000
In 1994, there were 67 schools in Texas that were rated "exemplorary" according to our own tests.
Yes, he actually said this. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (New York), Oct. 5, 1999
I don't remember debates. I don't think we spent a lot of time debating it. Maybe we did, but I don't remember.
On discussions of the Vietnam War when he was an undergraduate at Yale, Washington Post, Jul. 27, 1999
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