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Rupert Murdoch, MA Biography

Founder, Chairman, and CEO of News Corporation
Pro to the question "Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?"

“Everywhere we turn, digital advances are making workers more productive – creating jobs that did not exist only a few years ago, and liberating us from the old tyrannies of time and distance. This is true in every area except one: education… Our schools remain the last holdout from the digital revolution. The person who woke up from a fifty-year nap would find that today’s classroom looks almost exactly the same as it did in the Victorian age: a teacher standing in front of a roomful of kids with only a textbook, a blackboard, and a piece of chalk. My friends, what we have here is a colossal failure of imagination… The same digital technologies that transformed every other aspect of modern life can transform education, provide our businesses with the talent they need to thrive, and give hundreds of millions of young people at the fringes of prosperity the opportunity to make their own mark on this global economy.

…[B]ringing digital innovation to the classroom can substantially improve education for children throughout the world – including many now callously written off as hopeless… The key is not just a computer or a tablet or some other device, but also software that will engage students and help teach them concepts and learn to think for themselves.

…There are many different ways to teach children fractions – all of which work for some kids, and don’t work for others. Why should we be limited? Why can’t we use digital technology to give teachers the choice of all of them?… I know the critics say that if you introduce technology to the classroom, you are simply replacing teachers with computers and blackboards with screens. But the critics are wrong. Technology will never replace the teacher. What we can do is relieve some of the drudgery of teaching. And we can take advantage of the increasingly sophisticated analytics that will help teachers spend more time on the things that make us all more human and more creative… In our own backyards, we have millions of young people whose minds are the key to our future. It is time to insist that our schools use every technology we can to unlock their potential – and treat them as the precious resource they are.”

“Education: The Last Frontier,”, May 24, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, Fox Broadcasting Company, 1986-present
  • Founder, Chairman, and CEO, News Corporation, 1979-present
  • Managing Director, News International, 1981-2012
  • Managing Director, News Limited, 1952-1979
  • Sub-Editor, Daily Express, 1950-1952
  • Former Manager, Oxford Student Publications Limited, Cherwell Newspaper
  • MA, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Worcester College, University of Oxford, 1953
  • BS, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Worcester College, University of Oxford, 1952
  • Became a naturalized US citizen in 1985
  • News Corporation owns over 800 companies in more than 50 countries, including UK newspapers News of the World, The Sun, The Times, and the Sunday Times of London, and US media outlets Twentieth Century Fox, HarperCollins, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Village Voice, and Fox News
  • Born on Mar. 11, 1931 in Victoria, Australia
  • Fathered six children with three wives
  • Net worth $11.2 billion as of Mar. 2013
  • Recipient, Companion of the Order of Australia, 1984
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