Secretary Duncan on Fixing NCLB and Elevating the Teaching Profession

“We’re absolutely committed to…[fixing No Child Left Behind] and doing it in a bipartisan way as we move forward this year,” Secretary Duncan said in this video response to questions.  “It’s too punitive, it’s too prescriptive, it’s led to a dummying down of standards, and it’s led to a narrowing of the curriculum.  We have to fix all of those things.”

“We’re also going to do everything we can to elevate the teaching profession,” he said.  “The President talked about in other countries like South Korea, teachers are seen as nation builders.  That’s exactly what they are here.  We need to recognize them as such.”

Duncan also talked about recruiting “the next generation of great talent” into the teaching profession and the website.

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