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Learning Matters Interviews Alliance President Bob Wise on Years of Service; Commitment to Education

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February 16, 2012 05:50 pm


In a recent interview with Learning Matters, Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise discussed his experience advocating for education in his twenty-four years of holding political office, including his four years as governor of the state of West Virginia, and how that has translated to his current work.

Speaking with web producer, Ted Bauer, Governor Wise notes that he “missed the middle,” namely middle and high schools, during his time holding office, instead advocating for early childhood access to education and funding of need-based and merit scholarships for West Virginia students.

In his seven years with the Alliance for Excellent Education, Gov. Wise has stressed the importance of middle and high schools and how the nation’s economy needs all students graduate from high school college- and career-ready.

“Education is the only passport from poverty to prosperity,” Governor Wise shares. It is a saying told to him by a fellow classmate when the governor was a high school student.

Bauer then moved on to talk about Governor Wise’s work with the Alliance for the end of the year 2011 going into 2012. Governor Wise noted how the Alliance believes education is a civil right and every child should have access to quality education, specifically addressing the economic imperative that every child graduates from high school.

Governor Wise tackles the Common Core Standards for academic achievement and dispels common misconceptions about the initiative, its history, and its importance in educational reform.

“I think it’s one of the single greatest accomplishments we’ve achieved in education in a long time,” says Wise. “It took the states putting it together to make it happen.”

Also discussed within the podcast is the increasing role of technology in the classroom, Digital Learning Day, and blended learning of traditional schools with digital education.

You can hear the entire interview with Learning Matters here.


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