Arne Duncan, the Former United States Secretary of Education, is of an opinion that that political decisions taken for the education sector “don’t reflect” a desire to have finer schools and teachers. He said that people in America “never vote on education.”
Duncan’s latest book, ‘How Schools Work’, was out on July 31, 2018. The book takes a very critical take about the US education system, actually telling about how schools are not working in the US. In the book, he writes that the education system in America “runs on lies.”
On August 5, 2018, Duncan said on Face the Nation, “We say we value education, but we never vote on education. We never hold politicians accountable — local, state or national level — for getting better results.”
Speaking about the “toughest lie” for him personally, Duncan stated, “We say we value kids, and we’ve raised a generation of young people, teens, who have been raised on mass shootings and gun violence, and that simply doesn’t happen in other nations.”
“I don’t look at what people say. I look at their actions, their policies. I look at their budgets. Our values don’t reflect that we care about education or we care about teachers or that we truly care about keeping our children safe and free of fear,” he added.
During the Obama administration, Duncan says that the Education Department under his leadership, had both successes and failures. However, he feels a “huge sense of urgency” to enhance the education system. He also said, “As a nation, we’re not top 10 in anything.”
Moreover, Duncan also directed criticism at his successor, Secretary Betsy DeVos. During her tenure, she has experienced her fair share of controversy. Duncan said DeVos doesn’t “understand” the distinction between student growth and proficiency, and the other basic concepts of education policy.
Mentioning the recent incident, where $40 million family yacht of DeVos was untied and drifted away, triggering $10,000 in damages, Duncan said acts as a “crazy metaphor” for her education policies.
He said, “The policy is adrift. There’s nothing out there of substance. We should have some concrete goals as a nation.”