Arne Duncan: Testocracy Tsar. Educational Alchemist. Corporate lackey.

2016 has begun with important news: We have endured the last days of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan roaming the halls of government, looking for teachers and students to intimidate.  Arne, "the nation's bully," no longer runs the schoolyard.  Educators and families around the country will remember him by many monikers, none of them sympathetic. …

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Obama regrets “taking the joy out of teaching and learning” with too much testing

In a stunning turn of events, President Obama announced last weekend that “unnecessary testing” is “consuming too much instructional time” and creating “undue stress for educators and students.” Rarely has a president so thoroughly repudiated such a defining aspect of his own public education policy.  In a three-minute video announcing this reversal, Obama cracks jokes …

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Education Secretary Duncan Steps Down!: Raise a toast with me this evening, and let’s drink to downfall of the whole testocracy

Arne Duncan has been one of the most destructive forces to public education in the history of our country. Duncan was appointed by President Obama as the Secretary of Education, but his real role has been "testocracy tsar"--as his signature policies of Race to the Top and Common Core have been singularly focused on promoting …

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