I just realized today that Barack Obama’s new Education Secretary is Arne Duncan, the former head of the Chicago Public Schools. He is a top notch choice who I think will do a great job.
Duncan could easily have swept the study under the rug and not allowed retesting, but he did not. Instead, he made a tough decision that was unpopular with the teachers and challenged the status quo. His choice got rid of bad teachers who were masking their poor teaching performance by cheating on tests. It would be great to see others in government make these kinds of tough choices. I think every government agency could benefit from people following Duncan’s example.
Hopefully, he can help bring some positive change to American schools with is hard work and innovative approach to public service.