New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered the public some insight into his college years and his perspectives on fixing the U.S. education system recently.
In a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the New York City Mayor and well-known businessman told attendees at MIT’s Collaborative Initiative Conference, “I don’t know where you went to school, but we were too smoked up and drunk to carry a gun.”
Bloomberg told conference attendees that he was too intoxicated “to carry a gun” while he attended college in the 1960s, after he had described a conversation with an Oklahoma lawmaker about banning guns on college campuses.
Bloomberg’s comments on his college years followed other comments that the mayor made about education and the means of power he has at his beck and call due to his lucrative job.
“If I had the ability to just design the system and say ‘ex cathedra this is what we’re going to do,’ you would cut the number of teachers in half, but you would double the compensation of them, and you would weed out all the bad ones,” Bloomberg said with regards to fixing the education problem in the U.S.
“Double the class size with a better teacher is a good deal for the students,” he added.
Bloomberg also said that, as the mayor of New York City, he has his own State Department and access to “the seventh-biggest army in the world,” the NYPD.
The candid statements at the keynote address for this past Tuesday’s conference from the mayor had some questioning the reasoning behind Bloomberg’s open statements.
Some political strategists hold that the not-so-politically correct comments from Bloomberg are a result of the fact that he does not have to run for another term in office as the mayor of America’s largest and most prominent city.
Strategists hold that the American public should expect to continue to see and hear a more "real" version of Bloomberg in the future.