Arne Duncan is in Denial

If you were at all confused by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s Open Letter to America’s Teachers, where he suddenly found a new appreciation for the teaching profession and acknowledged that “the No Child Left Behind Act has prompted some schools—especially low-performing ones—to teach to the test, rather than focus on the educational needs of … Continue reading

Duncan Meets Protesters at Harvard

Harvard was in education news in April, when anti-teacher governor Chris Christie, now widely known for calling the teachers’ union “a bunch of political thugs,” was met with a standing ovation before he even spoke a word of his speech before Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Christie proceeded to lay out his case for tying … Continue reading

Why the NEA should not support Obama

In a huge step forward for the labor movement, the International Association of Fire Fighters announced in April that it would suspend contributions to federal Democratic candidates out of frustration with the party’s lackluster fight against budget cuts and antiunion legislation. When you look at budget fights from California to Oregon, from Illinois to New … Continue reading

Who does Arne Duncan really appreciate?

For teacher appreciation week Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote an open letter to American teachers commending us for our hard work and dedication to making a difference in children’s lives. Normally teachers would be thrilled to receive such eloquent praise, but for many of us Arne’s words rang hollow. This is because they came … Continue reading