Last updated on: 4/9/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael Bloomberg, MBA Biography

Title:
108th Mayor of New York City
Position:
Con to the question "Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?"
Reasoning:

“The thing that worries me about tablets instead of textbooks is we think if you give a kid a computer, you solve the problem… When you have computers there, then there’s the pornography and the social media and the distraction of games and that sort of thing… I get in trouble every time I say this, but I would do anything to have better quality teachers, even if it meant bigger class size, even if it meant them standing rather than sitting… That’s in the end what really makes a difference. That human being who looks the student in the eye.”

Radio show on WOR 710 New York, dnainfo.com, Mar. 1, 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, United Nations, 2014-present
  • Mayor, New York City, Jan. 1, 2002-Dec. 31, 2013
  • Chair, C40 Climate Leadership Group, 2010-2013
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Johns Hopkins University, 1996-2001
  • Launched Bloomberg News, 1990
  • Founder, Innovative Market Systems (later Bloomberg LP), 1981
  • Partner, Salomon Brothers, 1972-1981
  • Entry level position, Salomon Brothers, 1966-1972
Education:
  • MBA, Harvard Business School, 1966
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1964
Other:
  • Born in Boston on February 14, 1942
  • Twitter handle: @MikeBloomberg
  • Founded Bloomberg Philanthropies, which distributed $452 million in 2013
  • Has donated more than $2.4 billion to charity
  • Listed by Forbes as the 16th richest person in the world, with a net worth of $31.8 billion as of Apr. 9, 2014
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?