When I checked into the tweetosphere this morning, I was thrilled to see my bud, Arne Duncan, tweeting his little (literally) brain out. In case you don't know, he's at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, ready to spread more of his incredible
@arneduncan Yeah, like not investing in high-stakes testing and test prep or having a narrow curricula. And how about small class sizes?
We're not giving enough resources to the kids in the communities that need the most help #AspenIdeas
@arneduncan That's b/c U R giving all of R money away 2 consultants, test makers & textbook companies, none of which increase achievement.
Thanks to #RTTT we've seen more reform in the last two years than in the last decade.
@arneduncan Yeah but those reforms suck. Proven failures. Fire yourself Arne. You're bad for our kids.
We all need to take on the status quo -- mayors, governors, unions, school board members #AspenIdeas
BTW @arneduncan Bill Gates is a computer guy. He doesnt know sh!t about education. Seriously! Y R U letting him call the shots?
Folks who say poverty is destiny--that's one of the biggest challenges we face in education reform today #AspenIdeas
@arneduncan Cut the crap, Arne. Who has said that? Srsly!
Part of why high other countries are outpacing us is because they are recruiting the top 1/3 of college graduates into teaching #AspenIdeas
@arneduncan Arne, how does poverty affect student achievement? BTW: 21%+ of our kids live in poverty.
@arneduncan How about : "I need to respect teachers more." That "I" means you, Arne
@arneduncan How do you define 'great teacher'?
We need to have a high bar, high standards, recruit great teachers and principals, and give districts more flexibility #AspenIdeas
@arneduncan Re: high bar, high standards... You need to start with the Secretary of Education position first. Major fail currently.
@arneduncan Oh, and re: "devalues the profession". You don't wanna go there, Arne, because re: valuing the profession - U R Far Below Basic
Do unions have to change, absolutely. So do school boards, principals, and we as a department #AspenIdeas
@arneduncan Does the Secretary of Ed need to change? Oh yeah!!! Got facts?
@arneduncan Yep because courageous unions would have stood up to u and your deformer pals instead of rolling over 4 a place at the table!
@arneduncan Really? Then I am so scared of Finland. /eyeroll/
@arneduncan BTW: Education is NOT a competition!
When you see high performing schools they're not teaching to the test everyday. The test scores take care of themselves #AspenIdeas
@arneduncan That's right. Only schools w/ poor black & brown children are teaching to the test all day every day.
@arneduncan Would u stay in school when all that's valued is a test score & yours sucks? When all u do is ELA & math test prep
We're investing $350 million to come up with the next generation of assessments, we need to move beyond filling in bubbles #AspenIdeas
@arneduncan Sorry Arne but that just shows what a dolt u r. We don't need more tests!!! We need equitable & full funding 4 r schools!
@arneduncan Hey, there's a good idea! ...as long as you don't test them 2 death.