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October 12th, 2011
09:23 PM ET

Gov. Jeb Bush on education and "the link between economic prosperity and the ability to acquire knowledge"

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was a guest on "Piers Morgan Tonight" for the hour this evening, and talked about the importance of education and his new new initiatives. "I was blessed to have a mother and father that recognized the value of education," Bush told Piers Morgan. "As governor, I saw the link between economic prosperity and the ability to acquire knowledge."

Said Bush: "There's a direct link between percentage of young people that are educated and how we live our lives."

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  1. Maggie

    Piers is being so biased in tonight's interview! He is losing credibility as an interviewer by praising Jeb over and over and over and encouraging him to run for President. Challenge the guy a bit!

    October 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. rbtillyer

    Piers, Stop interrupting!!!!!!!!!!! And stop asking a question, and then asking a second question, before giving the person a chance to answer the first question!!!! You are driving me bloody mad!!!!

    October 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. andy

    So, what makes Jeb Bush an expert in educatioin?? He is merely repeating the Republican agenda for education put forth by the Koch Brothers, the Sam Walton family etc. Here in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker says the exact same thing. Funny how they all just happen to be on the same page. There is nothing original about Jeb Bush. He should get a job instead of spouting off about something he knows nothing about.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Sophie Painchaud

    Dear Mr. Morgan,
    I teach interpersonal communication, speech, and interviewing strategies and find that you too often "speak over" your guest, cut them off to interject, do not let them complete their thoughts, and last but not least, do not let go of a line of questioning even when your guest has provided a clear and definite answer. Tonight with Mr. Jeb Bush was often painful to watch.
    Sophie Painchaud

    October 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sammy Eduful

    There is a saying that charity begins at home and moreover, we cannot preach those virtues that one practises vice.Therefore Amnesty International Canada must first arrest Canadian govt before George W Bush.


    Sam Eduful


    October 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Rob Skaggs

    There is also a strong correlation between achievement rates and poverty rates. As the percentage of students living in poverty rises in a school, the achievement scores of the school decline. Our government needs to recognize that the main problem in this country is the rising number of students living in poverty, not the public education system. Fix the economy and many problems in schools will fix themselves. Families must be able to meet the basic needs of their children before education can be the number one priority in the home.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Karin Koch

    Mr. Morgan,

    Can you please find out how Jeb Bush and Bob Wise want states, public schools, and communities to fund these technological programs when teachers and many families across America are losing their jobs and just trying to survive. How can we get funds for all these wonderful technological advances in our schools?

    I look forward to finding out the answer to this vital question that is a big part of their program that was not promoted or touched upon.

    Karin N. Koch

    October 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. 8yearsofbushtomany

    Another 8 years of hell with the bushes is like living a life of dying twice. he along with his brother to me is the worst president we had in history...........

    October 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Al

    The problem with our education system is not what happens in the classroom. The problem is all of the distractions that students have when they leave the classroom (TV, internet, cell phones, video games, etc.). When they go home, education is not a priority. In our current world, both parents work and are ovelyr stressed just to make ends meet, let alone keep tabs on how little Johnny or Mary are spending their time at home. Jeb Bush thinks "modernizing" the learning process in schools is the answer. That's nice, but until we go back to stressing the basics of arithmetic, reading and writing, we will continue to turn out an increasing number of people from our schools that cannot function successfully in the 21st century. In general, Republicans do not truly want an educated electorate. If they did, Republicans would never attain enough votes to win any political seats. They only protect the interests of the wealthy and privileged of our society. They constantly try to "dupe" the American electorate to vote for them, often succeeding..

    October 13, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Al

    If I wanted another Bush, I'd plant one in my yard.

    October 13, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Al

    Jeb Bush keeps referring to the "disconnect in Washington". This "disconnect" started during his brother's terms.Rather than actually move the Country forward, his brother "sat on the throne" and did nothing of consequence to move this Country forward. His answer to a failng economy was to send stimulus checks to the voters to falsely prop up the economy and indirectly buy votes for his 2nd Presidential term. What a wasted eight years in this nation's history.

    October 13, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Paula

    It never ceases to amaze me that people who have never been in education, think they know so much about it. Just because you go to school or send you children does not make you an expert on education. I ride in a plane but that does not mean I can tell the pilot what to do. I shop at the store, but that does not make me an expert on marketing and finance.
    Yes, education has its problems. It would be awesome to have more up to date technology in my class room, but funding for it does not come out of nowhere. Students today are distracted at every turn. They have so many things to occupy their attention that for many, it is hard to do what is necessary to learn. And the slam at "older" teachers. I can tell you, new teachers need the older ones to help them figure out all the extra things they are required to do. Yes, I agree there are lots of dinosaurs out there, but there are many incredible "older" teachers out there, teaching their students and helping the newer teachers.
    I still do not understand how you can pay a teacher for how their class does. One of my classes is the lowest kids in the school, most have not passed a single math class and none have passed the state test. Why would I want to teach that class if I am being paid according to their grade? About 1/3 are currently failing my class, and it is not difficult. They have so many issues they we try to work thru, but it takes time.
    You may not think imigration is a problem, but for us, it has created huge problems. Language barriers, cultural differences, lack of motivation to succeed in school, gang affiliatioin.
    You want to bad mouth education, try a week at my job. Come see what it is really like to be a teacher. Don't get me wrong, I love teaching. You have to love it, because if you didn't, it would not be worth the time and effort you put into it.

    October 13, 2011 at 3:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. C MacMillan

    I lived in Florida for 30 years; and suffered though the JEB BUSH YEARS; His wife getting detained for sneaking in hundreds of thousands of dollars on undeclared purchases; on her annual trip to Paris for new couture; Their oldest son Geore P; driving his SUV through the front of his ex girlfirends parents home; his daughter Noel arreted severa times for drugs; getting court ordered rehab; getting caugh with carck cocaine in rehab and leving rehab with no crimminal record for her arrests. We do not need this Bush any more then we needed his Brother or any more Bushes; I stopped buying Busch Beer, Busch Beans, and stopped watching the Busch Series on Nascar; I have hade enough of Bushes to lasst this lifetime. Education under his tenure in FLorida went in the trash really we need him like we need W back

    October 13, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Liz

    To follow up on what Paula said, I think that if anyone is going to make laws regarding education, they need to spend time in the classroom. Three weeks would be just enough, but four would be optimal. The first week would be with assistance, and then they are on their own. It may sound like I am joking, but seriously, how could someone who thinks that teachers stop teaching at 3pm and have these long holidays even remotely know what it takes to motivate a room full of kids that mostly don't want to be there. I guarantee that any legislator (or anyone, for that matter) would have a whole new look at what it takes to teach, and what is needed to teach, after three weeks in a high school.

    If you want to improve the educational system, then just let us do our jobs and support us. We aren't out to get your kids, we are there to help them.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. SJF

    Piers are you aware the George W. increased the U.S. national debt from from 5.9 Trillion to 11.2 Trillion in 8 years, more than any other president in history?
    Did you know that the Debt Ceiling was raised a record 7 times in 8 years with virtually no fan fare during the W. ush Administration? Funny howthe Rep make a stink about the Debt Ceiling now at a most vulnerable time for the U.S. and global economy using it as a tool to hang Obama when they are the party that authorised 7 increases in a row in 8 years.
    Did you know that the U.S. Debt Ceiling remained unchanged at 5.9 Trillion from 1997 to 2001 for 5 years with no increases before W. Bush took office?
    Did you that Iraq/Bagdad has over 3 million displaced civilian refugees forced to leave their war zone city?

    Before the crdit crunch even started W. Bush had already raised the U.S. National Debt to a toxic level. Add the credit crunch and you have an unresolveable situation that only time will heal.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Barry Pratt

    Piers, if you bother to read any of this blog, you now have ideas for a follow-up show. Why not go out to schools and talk to teachers who are out there trying to do their best. I retired at the end of last school year after teaching English for twenty-nine years in New Castle, Indiana. I can tell you that during my time teaching there were only a handful of teachers in the schools in which I worked who didn't come to school each day working hard to help children learn. We're obviously not in it for the money; we're in it for the children. Draw on your journalistic background and do an in-depth report through the eyes of actual teachers. One thing you'll learn is that not being able to get rid of bad teachers because they are tenured is a myth. Administrators simply don't want to invest their time doing observations and the paperwork it takes to get rid of the bad teacher. And administrators know the school board doesn't like the negative publicity that comes from firing a teacher. If there is a school with a lot of bad teachers, that is a school with bad administrators who are not doing their job when it comes to hiring and firing. Teachers will also tell you they would love to use new technology if 1st, our schools will get it, and 2nd, our technology department can keep it working. Many teachers don't use the technology their schools do acquire because it is unreliable. Teachers can't afford to waste class time because the technology doesn't work. To improve our schools, we must 1st implement programs to get parents more involved in their children's education. Every teacher knows that children who have parents who support teachers and send a clear message to their children that education is important are children who do just fine in school. Teachers are the easy, shallow target, but attacking us does not seriously deal with the problems of our schools. Do your homework. Why not take the road less traveled and go out to schools and interview teachers who fight the good fight every day and discover the truth about what is happening in our public schools and get ideas about how to improve them, something you won't get from someone running for office. That would be a show worth watching and one that would benefit all Americans. And who knows, it might even begin a conversation that will improve our schools and help our children learn.

    October 13, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Sharon Jacob

    Piers: I am wondering why you ask everyone that comes on your show about the death penalty. If you need a good example of why the death penalty is important just look at the Joshua Komisarjevsky -found guilty in Connecticut home invasion case- and tell me he does not deserve the death penalty. Sometimes the death penalty is necessary!

    October 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply


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  20. Miriam Chua

    Jeb Bush is making an attack on bricks-and-mortar schools. Of course, he had parents who valued education; they could AFFORD it! Students cannot learn interpersonal skills sitting in front of a computer, and the impact of the loss of interaction cannot be overstated.

    How many guesses to figure out that Bush and cronies are heavily invested in this so-called initiative? He hopes to get even richer than he already is in the same way that Halliburton and Cheney ripped off the country. Hey, Jeb, don't do us any favors, please!

    October 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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