With only 3 days left before our country celebrates the beginning of Obama’s presidency, different groups of people are thinking really hard about what changes will take place. We all know that the majority of us liked what Obama was saying, but what about his cabinet? Most prominent on my mind, and likely yours – what’s the deal with Arne Duncan, our soon-to-be Secretary of Education? His words sound promising, but only time will tell:
- His senior thesis at Harvard was titled ‘The values, aspirations and opportunities of the urban underclass’.
- He called education the “civil rights issue of our generation” at a press conference.
- He plans to “tackle” No Child Left Behind.
While reading Steve Hargadon’s blog, I learned that Duncan will hold a round-table discussion with 12 teachers on January 21 to discuss their thoughts on the following 5 questions:
1. What is the one most important education issue you wish Secretary Duncan to focus on during his tenure and why?
2. How shall the tenets of the No Child Left Behind act be altered or invigorated? What are its positives? How can its negatives be improved?
3. How should the new administration respond to the nation’s need for better prepared and more qualified teachers?
4.What should the new administration do to increase student engagement in mathematics, the sciences and the arts?
5. How should funding equity issues be addressed?
Hargadon has started a new Ning called ‘Future of Education’ where you can join in the discussion about how you would answer these questions. One of the teachers selected to chat with Duncan, Carol Broos, is asking for feedback and ideas before the 21st – here’s your chance to speak up!