Arne's gift of expression falls Far Below Basic. It's embarrassing to think that this mental midget leads the US Department of Education and dictates policy for all of America's public school children. Would someone please buy this guy a clue??? ....And sending him back for some remedial writing classes wouldn't be such a bad idea, either. (p.s. As a kindergarten teacher, I'm wondering which states have 3 year olds in kindergarten. Maybe I should write the DoE and ask them.)
And so I think it's my job to be the truth-teller.
And I'm just absolutely convinced we have to educate our way to a better economy.
We have a cradle-to-career strategy to dramatically change those numbers.
So, we need to lengthen the school day. We need to lengthen the school year.
Schools need to be open 12, 13, 14 hours a day six, seven days a week, 12 months out of the year, with a whole host of activities, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
Well, let me tell you the problem first. This is a devastating one, is, the longer our children are in school, the worse they do. The longer they're in school, the worse they do.
Our 3- and 4-year-olds enter kindergarten OK, and they fall further and further behind.
From the moment students enter a school, the most important factor in their success is the teacher,” said Secretary Duncan.
I feel a huge sense of urgency about this.
I’m not about collaboration for collaboration’s sake. Collaboration around the status quo, I’m not about that. I’m not about kumbaya. It’s about doing things to get better results for kids.
Class size has been a sacred cow.