Presidential Candidates’ Education: Mike Huckabee and John Kasich

capital-bldg-daytimeWe are just about finished with the examination of the education and early influences that shaped each of the Presidential candidates. This exercise was inspired by W.E.B. DuBois:

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. ~ The Talented Tenth


Education and Early Life on Wikipedia:

Huckabee was born on August 24, 1955, in Hope, Arkansas,[11] son of Dorsey Wiles Huckabee and his wife Mae (Elder) Huckabee, conservative Southern Democrats. Huckabee is of English ancestry, with roots in America dating to the colonial era.[12][13] He has cited his working-class upbringing as the reason for his political views;[14] his father worked as a fireman and mechanic, and his mother worked as a clerk at a gas company.[15]

His first job, when he was 14, was at a radio station where he read the news and weather.[16] He was elected Governor of Arkansas by his chapter of the American Legion-sponsored Boys State program in 1972.[11] He was student council vice president at Hope High School during the 1971–72 school year. He was student council president at Hope High School during the 1972–1973 school year.[17] He has one sister, Mrs. Pat Harris, a middle school teacher.[18]

Huckabee married his wife, Janet (McCain), on May 25, 1974.[18] He graduated magna cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University, completing his bachelor’s degree in Religion in two-and-a-half years before attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary inFort Worth, Texas. He dropped out of the seminary after one year in order to take a job in Christian broadcasting.[19][20][21]

Books: God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy, Do the Right Thing

Other Links: Mike HuckabeeOn the Issues



Kasich was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, an industrial town near Pittsburgh.[9] He is the son of Anne (Vukovich) and John Kasich, who worked as a mail carrier.[10][11]Kasich’s father was of Czech descent, while his mother was of Croatian ancestry.[12] Both his father and mother were children of immigrants.[10] He has described himself as “a Croatian and a Czech”.[13]

After attending public schools in McKees Rocks, Kasich enrolled at Ohio State University, where he joined the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.[14] As a freshman he wrote a letter to President Richard Nixon describing concerns he had about the nation and requesting a meeting with the President. The letter was delivered to Nixon by the University’s presidentNovice Fawcett and Kasich was granted a 20-minute meeting with Nixon in December 1970.[15][16]

Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Ohio State University in 1974,[17] he went on to work as a researcher for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.[18]From 1975 to 1978, he served as an administrative assistant to then-state SenatorBuz Lukens.[19]

BOOKS: Stand for Something, Every Other Monday

Other Links: Governor John Kasich, On the Issues, NY Times Article