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Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education, discusses progress made on the Obama Administration's education reform agenda halfway through the term.
Arne Duncan is no champion of teachers and education.
Want to know why Brain was not following up on Duncan's nonsense?
Because he subscribes to this administrations policies.
Brian showed his true feelings in his last comment "If you win, we all win."
Secretary Duncan, Has it ever even occurred to you that using test scores to rate teachers is flawed because Principals are perfectly capable of being petty and year after year assigning high-achieving kids to their personal favorite teachers, and troubled kids to those they don't like?
Bernie, if you have to ask then you have your answer.
Sounds like the entire Board of Education needs to be audited and the curriculum updated.
What scares me about charter schools becoming the face of "education reform" in America are two things: corporate money and a focus on assessment. If schools are indeed for all, then corporate money should not be involved. Otherwise, the customer is always right, and if that is the case, who will protect the teachers?Assessment is important, but traditional assessment like testing is not always the best way to know if your students are learning. There are so many more creative ways that teachers can assess students that will be enjoyable and a good gauge of what students have learned.
Why is it when people talk about attracting better people to teaching, they never mention the one thing that other sectors use to attract better candidates, better pay!!
Brian - I love your show, but that interview with Duncan was too much a platform for his rambling. I understand it was quick segment, and appreciated your intro, though.
I have a friend who is a teacher who used to work in the Washington, DC school system and recently moved to a somewhat rural Virginia county. He told me that the main difference he's felt moving to this new system is that he is supported as a teacher. In DC, from the start, he said that he and the other teachers were treated as if they were expected to fail and punishment for teachers was around every corner. Now he's teaching and already feels like he's able to make more of a difference in students' lives without the negative scrutiny. Just found this personal conversation really interesting in the scheme of the larger conversation going on.
Brian - ask him the hard questions and don't let him get away with his political spin. Ask him how he thinks Race to the Top will make things better when all the teachers I know in the system are basically seeing their jobs in total flux and danger of becoming test preparation.
is it true that if you take black kids from the inner city out of the stats for the success of our education system in this country, we are amongst the best in the world.why is that?how can this be fixed?can we ever talk about the parents or is that not politically correct?
Schools recently received guidance from the US Dept of Education on how to handle bullying based on certain protected classifications, such as race, gender, etc. Is there any guidance on the way as to how schools should handle bullying for other reasons, such as apparent wealth (wearing cool clothes), popularity and other reasons that students may pick on one another leading to the kids of tragic results we have been seeing lately?
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