WEB Notes: Arne is right about a few things anyway. The source has the full interview.
MARGARET BRENNAN: So, some colors and personal anecdotes but you also really, it’s not so much about how schools work, but really an indictment of how schools aren’t working. It’s a very critical take in this book about the education system and you say, “the education system runs on lies.” What do you mean by that?
ARNE DUNCAN: That’s a tough statement to make. But let me just give you a couple of notes. We say we value education but we never vote on education, we never hold politicians accountable local, state, or national level for getting better results, higher graduation rates, more people graduate from college. We say we value teachers but we don’t pay teachers, we don’t support them. We don’t mentor them, the way they need to do their incredibly important, tough, complex work. And then maybe the toughest lie, for me, Margaret, is that we say we value kids and we’ve raised a generation of young people teens who have been raised on mass shootings and gun violence. And that simply doesn’t happen in other nations, so I don’t look at what people say. I look at their actions, I’d look at their policies, I’d look at their budgets and our values don’t reflect that we care about education, we care about teachers or that we truly care about keeping our children safe and free and free of fear.