Arne Duncan

(Arne Starkey Duncan)

Arne Duncan
Arne Duncan
  • Born: November 6, 1964
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant









Arne Starkey Duncan was the United States Secretary of Education from 2009 through December 2015. While his tenure as Secretary was marked by varying degrees of opposition from both social conservatives and teachers unions, he nevertheless enjoyed strong support from the US president who appointed him, Barack Obama. Conservatives and some parents resisted Duncan's push for all U.S. states to adopt the Common Core Standards to determine what students had learned, and most US teachers unions disliked his emphasis on the use of data from student tests to evaluate teachers and schools. Despite antagonism to the changes Duncan had introduced, Obama praised his work at the Department of Education by saying, "Arne has done more to bring our educational system – sometimes kicking and screaming – into the 21st century than anybody else."

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It is absolutely the case that much needs to be done to invigorate and elevate the quality of civic learning in America Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We have to educate our way to a better economy. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We look at education as an investment. They [the conservative Republicans] see it as an expense. Liberals & Conservatives
A postsecondary education is the ticket to economic success in America. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Success
About two-thirds of bachelor's degree holders borrow to go to school, and on average they're graduating with more than $26,000 in debt.
Almost 24 million children - one in three - are likely growing up without their father involved in their lives.
Borrowing to pay for college used to be the exception; now it's the rule.
Even in a time of fiscal austerity, education is more than just an expense. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time
I think every student needs access to technology, and I think technology can be a hugely important vehicle to help level the playing field. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I worry when athletes are simply used by their universities to produce revenue, to make money for them, nothing to show at the back end. I grew up with a lot of players who had very, very tough lives after the ball started bouncing for them. And that's why I'm going to continue to fight. Money, Coins & Minting
Money is not the reason that people enter teaching. Money, Coins & Minting
Most teachers still say they love teaching though they wouldn't mind a little more respect for their challenging work and a little less blame for America's educational shortcomings. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Respect ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Research shows that children do better in school and are less likely to drop out when fathers are involved. Engaged parents can strengthen communities, mentor and tutor students, and demonstrate through their actions how much they value their children's education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
So instead of watching TV, we read every night together as a family. Families, Children & Parenting
State governments generate less revenue in a recession. As state leaders struggle to make up for lost revenue, legislatures tend to cut funding for higher education. Colleges, in turn, answer these funding cuts with tuition hikes. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
States should not balance their budgets on the backs of students.
Surveys show that many talented and committed young people are reluctant to enter teaching for the long haul because they think the profession is low-paying and not prestigious enough.
Teachers say their schools of education did not adequately prepare them for the classroom. They would have welcomed more mentoring and feedback in their early years. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Teachers support evaluations based on multiple measures: student growth, classroom observation and feedback from peers and parents.
The cost of college should never discourage anyone from going after a valuable degree.
There was nothing more important I could do than be supportive as a dad. Families, Children & Parenting
To encourage more top-caliber students to choose teaching, teachers should be paid a lot more, with starting salaries more in the range of $60,000 and potential earnings of as much as $150,000.
We all have a role to play - the President, Congress, parents, students and schools - in making college affordable and keeping the middle class dream alive.
We've seen more reform in the last year than we've seen in decades, and we haven't spent a dime yet. It's staggering how the Recovery Act is driving change.
When I ask teachers why they teach, they almost always say that it is because they want to make a difference in the lives of children.
Whether it's in an inner-city school or a rural community, I want those students to have a chance to take A.P. biology and A.P. physics and marine biology.
Young people know how important it is for dads to be involved in their lives. As I travel the country and talk with students, some of them tell me that their lives would be totally different if their father was around. Travel