Jeb Bush on Education

Former Florida Governor and 2013 International Conference Speaker Jeb Bush recently sat down with ABC News “This Week”.

Here is the link to the full interview.  In it he states: 

“If you measure it by outcomes, 25 percent of kids pass all of the four segments of the ACT Test which means that they’re college or career ready . About a third or be generous and say 20 percent don’t graduate at all, that’s failure.

I think higher standards is really the element of this that’s most important. If you dumb down the standards everybody feels good. Little Johnny can get a piece of paper that says he graduated from high school, but this massive remediation that’s necessary to access higher education is evidence that we’re not bench marking ourselves to college readiness or to the best in the world. So higher standards matter. The commonality of them, in this case 45 states voluntarily creating them.

The common core standards in language, arts and math  is important because it creates greater transparency. Curriculum is developed, my guess is, in this kind of system where there is common expectations.

You’ll have 1,000 different flowers blooming as it relates to curriculum. It will be diverse and alive which is what we need. There will be a lot more innovations.”

Register today for the 2013 PLUS International Conference: “Uncharted Waters of Emerging Risk: Knowledge is Power” to see Governor Jeb Bush and leading-edge panel discussions with thought leaders and industry experts that will debate and discuss the emerging risks of the professional liability industry.

See you in Orlando.

Chris Duca
2013 PLUS Conference Chair

William Cohen on Syria

The news headlines of late have been dominated by the conflict in Syria.  Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen sat down with Bloomberg Television’s ”Political Capital with Al Hunt” to share his views and outlook for U.S. military action against Syria.  Here is the video clip of the interview.

Register today for the 2013 PLUS International Conference: “Uncharted Waters of Emerging Risk: Knowledge is Power” to see William Cohen and leading-edge panel discussions with thought leaders and industry experts that will debate and discuss the emerging risks of the professional liability industry.

Sponsorship opportunities remain open for the 2013 PLUS International Conference.  Put your organization in front of the almost 2,000 industry professionals.  Sponsorship information is available here.

I look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

Christopher Duca
2013 PLUS International Conference Chair

Price Discrimination? Racial Discrimination?

An interesting question posed by our friends at the Freakonomics blog – is offering discounts by name (in this case names that would likely be more common with Caucasians) represent racial discrimination?

Click the link below for the full post, and don’t miss Freakonomics author (and author of the linked post) Stephen J. Dubner as he speaks at the 2013 PLUS International Conference in November.

Price Discrimination? Racial Discrimination?.