The fact that federal aid is still available to go to EDMC schools and other predatory for-profit colleges serves as both a financial lure and a Good Housekeeping seal to draw these students in.
The argument that teachers spend too much time "teaching to the test" misses the crucial point: When curriculum and instruction are aligned with high-quality tests, as they often are in Advanced Placement classes, classroom work will prepare students for success.
The problem, of course, is the kind of instruction. What Obama and Duncan seem to miss is that as long as students, teachers, schools, districts and states are evaluated based on the high-stakes standardized tests, even if test time is reduced, curriculum will still be all about test prep.
At a recent Commonwealth Club of California program moderated by EdSource editor-at-large John Fensterwald, Duncan spoke briefly about educational gains made during his seven-year term as U.S. Secretary of Education.
With the announcement of Arne Duncan's resignation as the secretary of education it's a good time to take a look at what he has accomplished, where he failed, and what work is still to be done to deal with the significant problems facing higher education.
Relocating to Illinois in 2015 allows Duncan to meet the three-year residency requirement necessary for him to run for governor of Illinois in November 2018.
United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered a speech at the National Press Club on September 30th that should serve as a powerful call for the country to make a massive shift in the allocation of funding for prisons and schools.
EdPost has been in operation for just over a year, and it seems that Peter Cunningham can't seem to attract what he cannot purchase: Readers.
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently proposed to redirect $15 billion from correctional facilities toward increasing teachers' salaries in high poverty schools. It is both practical and eminently plausible. And with the right kind of leadership and advocacy, it might even become probable.
Arne Duncan did not invent political networks. And yet, to use a term of education professors Janelle Scott and Catherine DiMartino, he has acted as a "gatekeeper" by bringing a private network to the fore in education, and further opening public education to privatized influences.
In many cases these schools charge too much, and they spend too little on instruction. As to admitting students whom the program won't help, sometimes these owners say they just can't predict who will succeed and who won't.
Obama and Duncan are obviously disconnected from the trauma that their market-driven, test-score-obsessed education agenda has wreaked upon a public education system about which neither has any firsthand, substantive knowledge.
Arne Duncan is leaving as Barack Obama's Secretary of Education. Unbelievably, President Obama found someone just as bad to replace him, Deputy Secretary of Education John King who in his previous job was New York State Education Commissioner.
Kevin McCarthy is not worthy. Of using the English language correctly, among other things. Amusingly, though, this will likely not stop him from becoming the next speaker of the House.
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During my recent visit to Ke Kula 'o Nāwahīokalani'ōpu'u Iki Public Charter School on Hawaii Island, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with students of all ages, teachers, parents and administrators.