State of the Schools

datascience@berkeley looked at each president’s first State of the Union address — from Woodrow Wilson to Donald J. Trump — to find out how often they mentioned these words.

Donald J. Trump

Party: Republican
Year: 2018
Total Word Count: 5,799

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
College10.01724435247
Education20.03448870495
Schools30.01724435247
Students20.03448870495

Barack Obama

Party: Democrat
Year: 2010
Total Word Count: 7,304

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
College80.1095290252
Education50.06845564074
Schools60.08214676889
Students50.06845564074
Teachers20.0273822563

George W. Bush

Party: Republican
Year: 2002
Total Word Count: 3,878

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
College10.025786488
Education20.05157297576
Schools40.1031459515
Teachers40.1031459515

Bill Clinton

Party: Democrat
Year: 1994
Total Word Count: 7,432

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Academic10.01345532831
College20.02691065662
Education50.06727664155
Schools120.1614639397
Students10.01345532831
Teachers20.02691065662

George Bush Sr.

Party: Republican
Year: 1990
Total Word Count: 3,777

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Education50.1323801959
Schools90.2382843527
Students20.05295207837
Teachers20.05295207837

Ronald Reagan

Party: Republican
Year: 1982
Total Word Count: 5,154

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Education30.05820721769
Schools20.0388048118

James Carter, Jr.

Party: Democrat
Year: 1978
Total Word Count: 4,580

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Education30.06550218341
Illiteracy10.02183406114
Schools10.02183406114

Richard Nixon

Party: Republican
Year: 1970
Total Word Count: 4,457

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Education20.04487323312

Lyndon B. Johnson

Party: Democrat
Year: 1964
Total Word Count: 3,168

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Education40.1262626263
Schools60.1893939394
Teachers10.03156565657

John F. Kennedy

Party: Democrat
Year: 1961
Total Word Count: 5,274

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
College40.07584376185
Education20.03792188093
Illiteracy10.01896094046
Schools40.07584376185
Students10.01896094046
Teachers20.03792188093

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Party: Republican
Year: 1953
Total Word Count: 6,973

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Education10.01434102969
Schools70.1003872078

Harry S. Truman

Party: Democrat
Year: 1946
Total Word Count: 27,465

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
College30.0109229929
Education150.0546149645
Schools140.05097396687
Students10.003640997633

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Party: Democrat
Year: 1934
Total Word Count: 2,230

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Education10.04484304933

Herbert Hoover

Party: Republican
Year: 1929
Total Word Count: 10,994

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Education60.05457522285
Illiteracy10.009095870475
Schools10.009095870475

Calvin Coolidge

Party: Republican
Year: 1923
Total Word Count: 6,706

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Education50.07456009544
Illiteracy10.01491201909
Schools10.01491201909
Students10.01491201909

Warren Harding

Party: Republican
Year: 1921
Total Word Count: 5,606

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Education10.01783803068
Illiteracy10.01783803068
Schools20.03567606136

Woodrow Wilson

Party: Democrat
Year: 1913
Total Word Count: 3,553

WordFrequencyPercentage of Speech
Schools10.02814522938

Frequency adjusted for speech length.
Similar variations of words were combined. For example: college and colleges are both categorized under “college.”

Source: The American Presidency Project – http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/sou.php