07/01/2011 11:00 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2011

Arne Duncan: Classrooms Center On Relationships

Ed. note: Secretary Duncan penned the following letter for a Virtual Conference that will take place during July. During the conference, participants will discuss the question, “What is the center of the classroom?”

The center of a classroom is not a test, a textbook, or the posters on the wall. It’s not a state or district policy, and it most certainly is not a federal law.

The heart of the classroom is found in the unique relationships between students and teachers. In the same way that a family turns a house into a home, a physical and emotional transformation takes place when teachers and students work together in community to reach common goals. We see it in the trust, the expectations, the experiences and the knowledge of every person in the class.

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