Mark Naison says that Pres. Obama must ditch Arne Duncan as the head of the education department:
But to do that, President Obama will have to remove the Harvard-trained lawyer who runs the U.S. Department of Education, Arne Duncan. Not only does Duncan promote policies which force schools and universities to make testing and assessment a far more significant part of classroom learning than it ought to be, his comments to the press and elected officials literally ooze contempt for teachers and school administrators. In Arne Duncan’s view, America’s schools and universities are islands of backwardness and inefficiency in a dynamic society where competition produces excellence and those who can’t compete lose their jobs. Obsessed with quantifying success and punishing failure, he is on a mission to turn every dimension of classroom learning, from kindergarten through graduate school, into something that can be measured and evaluated with the simplicity and clarity of sales figures in a bank or corporation, thereby allowing for ironclad measures of teacher evaluation on a national scale.