Bye-bye Arne: Why we don't need an education secretary
By The Post's Jay Mathews in his Class Struggle blog:
Arne Duncan is the latest in a splendid crop of U.S. education secretaries over the last few decades. The ones I have known best include, in alphabetical order: Bill Bennett, Rod Paige, Dick Riley and Margaret Spellings -- all fine people who care about kids and understand the issues.
But I wish all of them had not spent valuable time trying to deal with the painfully slow pace and often politically-addled reasoning of national education policy. Their best work for kids, in my view, happened when they were NOT education secretary.
So let's abolish the office and get that talent back where it belongs, where school change really happens, in our states and cities.
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