Presidential Town Meeting
on Education Standards

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Question 9Answer
Mr. President, I think that there's been many factors that have contributed to my success. One of them would have to be the structure of my education. I had a strong background in reading and basic math in elementary school, which has allowed me to focus on more difficult subjects in high school.

Another thing is teacher enthusiasm. I feel very fortunate to have had even a half dozen really enthusiastic teachers who have inspired me to learn all I can about their subjects. I think students aren't inspired to learn when teachers aren't excited to teach. But in Harrison County, through the exposure to technology and through the strong teaching, I'm prepared to compete against students from anywhere in the nation.

I'd like to ask you if you feel that in addition to the standardized tests in 4th and 8th grades, do you think it would be appropriate for students to have to pass a national exam to graduate from high school and, if so, what would be the minimum levels in english, math and science?

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