Education secretary: Schools have been lying to students

By David Edwards
Sunday, August 29, 2010 13:28 EDT
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School systems across the country have been misleading students and parents into thinking they are ready for college, the Secretary of Education said Sunday.

Arne Duncan told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour that the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program had reversed the trend of schools lowering standards.

“What we’ve done through Race to the Top is you’re seeing the vast majority of states, almost 40 states raise standards for every single child,” said Duncan.

“As a country we’re dumbing down standards and reduced them due to political pressure and we’ve actually been lying to children and parents telling them they’re ready when they’re not,” he explained.

Duncan said rewarding teacher excellence is part of the way that students will meet the new standards.

“There is no simple answer here. All of these things working together but, yes, we have to shine a spotlight on excellence. We have hundreds of thousands of teachers who are beating the odds every single day performing miracles. We have extraordinary schools closing the achievement gaps, great districts, great states. We have to learn from excellence. Answers are all out there,” he said.

This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Aug. 29, 2010.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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