Monday, February 09, 2009

Education Secretary - administrations educational priorities

During his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill - the new Education Secretary, Arne Duncan listed the priorities for the next years - agenda is outlined in the senate notes.  Here are the main areas:
  • invest in early childhood education
  • teacher quality must be addressed on many levels: recruitment, preparation, retention, and compensation
  • increase the percentage of high school student graduates
  • we must make sure that our citizens have the means and the encouragement to aim for education and training beyond high school
In his interview with US News, he also discussing his thoughts on No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  His opinion:  "I think we are lying to children and families when we tell children that they are meeting standards and, in fact, they are woefully unprepared to be successful in high school and have almost no chance of going to a good university and being successful."

So, does this mean any real changes in the way education is looked at and supported for the future? 

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