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State of the Union: Word Count

Maybe the latest State of the Union address is good news for schools.

The New York Times has a remarkable interactive function which allows one to search for word usage in George W's State of the Union addresses over the years. AND one can hit on a little red dot and bring up the word in context. This means we learn that Bush brought up NCLB 13 paragraphs into a speech of 65 paragraphs.

Teachers is not a word Bush likes much. He used it 2 times in 2001, once in 2002, not at all in 2003, 2004, or 2205, once in 2006, and not at all in 2006.

Schools which Bush brought up 8 times in 2001 only garnered 4 mentions in 2007, which is why I think the State of the Union address might be good news for teachers. Except not teachers as citizens. Iraq received more than twice as many mentions in 2007 as it did in 2006.

— Susan Ohanian, commenting
New York Times


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