Presidential Candidates’ Education: Martin O’Malley and Ted Cruz

capital-bldg-daytimeContinuing this blog’s recent discussion based on W.E.B. Du Bois’ belief that a person’s education should develop his or her character and be driven by ideals rather than simply a trajectory to an occupation.

If we make money the object of man-training, we shall develop money-makers but not necessarily men; if we make technical skill the object of education, we may possess artisans but not, in nature, men. Men we shall have only as we make manhood the object of the work of the schools—intelligence, broad sympathy, knowledge of the world that was and is, and of the relation of men to it—this is the curriculum of that Higher Education which must underlie true life. On this foundation we may build bread winning, skill of hand and quickness of brain, with never a fear lest the child and man mistake the means of living for the object of life. ~ from The Talented Tenth in The Negro Problem

So we are looking at a Democrat and a Republican Presidential candidate with each subsequent blog. So far we have looked at: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump; Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio. Hint: Click on the book links; most allow the reader to read partial chapters in the book. Education and early influences are presented in all of them.


O’Malley attended the Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bethesda and Gonzaga College High School.[15] He went on to The Catholic University of America, graduating in 1985. Later that year he enrolled at the School of Law of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, earning his Juris Doctor in 1988 and passing the bar that same year. ~

Born in Washington, DC, Martin O’Malley was raised in Rockville, Maryland by parents who taught him the importance of public service. His father, Thomas, served as an Air Force bombardier in World War II, flying 33 missions over the Pacific. After the war, he attended law school on the G.I. Bill, working his way up to become an Assistant United States Attorney. O’Malley’s mother, Barbara, has worked in Congress for nearly 30 years, where she continues to serve on the staff of the state’s first female United States Senator, Barbara Mikulski. ~


Martin O’Malley: History, Politics, and Future by Sean C. Corwin

Who is Martin O’Malley by Tag Powell

Other Links:

On the Issues



From Wikipedia:

Cruz attended two private high schools: Faith West Academy in Katy, Texas[26] and Second Baptist High School in Houston, from which he graduated as valedictorian in 1988.[19][27][28] During high school, Cruz participated in a Houston-based group called the Free Market Education Foundation where he learned about free-market economic philosophers such as Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Frédéric Bastiat and Ludwig von Mises.[29] The program was run by Rolland Storey, and Cruz entered the program at the age of 13.[13]  …. 

Cruz graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy[33] from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1992.[3][34]While at Princeton, he competed for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society‘s Debate Panel and won the top speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship and the 1992 North American Debating Championship.[35] In 1992, he was named U.S. National Speaker of the Year, and with his debate partner David Panton won Team of the Year.[35] Cruz and Panton would later represent Harvard Law School at the 1995 World Debating Championship, losing in the semi-finals to a team from Australia.[36][37][38] Princeton’s debate team named their annual novice championship after Cruz.[38]

Cruz’s senior thesis at Princeton investigated the separation of powers; its title, Clipping the Wings of Angels, draws its inspiration from a passage attributed to US PresidentJames Madison: “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” Cruz argued that the drafters of the Constitution intended to protect the rights of their constituents, and that the last two items in the Bill of Rights offer an explicit stop against an all-powerful state.[22][39]

After graduating from Princeton, Cruz attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995 with a Juris Doctor degree.[3][40] While at Harvard Law, he was a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review.[34]Referring to Cruz’s time as a student at Harvard Law, Professor Alan Dershowitz said, “Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant”.[41][42][43][44] At Harvard Law, Cruz was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.[45]


A Time for Truth by Ted Cruz

Who Is Ted Cruz by Tag Powell

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Ted Cruz Bio


Author: Susan Feathers

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