June 13th, 2009
01:37 PM ET
9 years ago

Arne Duncan addresses education disparities

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talks to CNN's T.J. Holmes about disparities in the nation's school systems.

Filed under: Education
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  1. GI Joe

    We certainly need improvement in our education system.

    Educated people tend to move forward in definite steps instead of standing still because of fear.

    June 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Neutralizer

    That's what democraps are good for, TAXING anything they can think of. I'm waiting for democraps to tax people every time they make a dump in the toilet of empty their bladder.

    Nothing new with democraps, they love jobs but they hate corporations creating jobs. What choice corporations have but move their business overseas where they pay less corporate taxes.

    Cap and trade is the project of Al Gore, he's salivating to make millions out of it at the expense of ordinary Joe working to feed his family. I am against cap and trade, I'm sure my fellow Americans are against it too. Al Gore is working behind the scene for cap and trade to pass. GE, the parent company of NBC, MSNBC, CNBC are also pushing for cap and trade to pass; they'lll make billions in profit for their wind turbine. If we are very serious about less consumption of fossil fuel, lets promote use of SOLAR PANELS. Wind turbine causes NOISE POLLUTION and detrimental to health of humans.

    June 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. David form WI

    I wish him all the luck fixing the problems that have plague the education system for a long long time.

    If you don't look at the culture of the students as well. Staying in school till graduating HS is a major problem as well. Also the culture of doing well is looked down on in too many schools.

    You can give the best possible schools and teachers but you can't 'make' a child lean when he does not even care about how important an education is.

    Apathy to education has to be address with the students and parents.
    It is as, if not more, important than the quality of schools and teachers.

    I still do not under stand why the voucher system was eliminated before any improvements in the schools that needed the help were even begun.

    June 13, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Dawn in Pa

    I think the United States should look to the European Schools, they seem to be far more advance then us.

    I was my generation to wear pants instead of dresses, but when we did, that it was to be neat... now I see the kids, with their pants down over their bum, I see the young girls walking around like they are parading their wares. Remember alot of kids make fun of the ones who does not have the nicest clothing, nor instyle. Heart breaking... Maybe all schools should be thinking about uniforms.

    June 13, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. S Callahan

    I say swipe the slate clean..get back to basics..start with teaching math, science, history, english, and writing....it's slim down the overload of administrations in school, it'll put focus back on learning, it will lighten the taxpayers endless debt. Keep it simple...bring back the fundraising arm of a real Parents Organization (keep the teachers out). Talk is cheap..action is needed.

    June 13, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Limbaugh is a Liberal

    I love how parents complain that their child is not getting enough education, and later complain that the education they get is flawed. They think their child is all smart and innocent, and then later angrily call the school when they come home with a failing report card, as if it was the school's fault. When did parents abandon their own parenting responsibilities? Education begins at home. Take away the TV and the video games. Make your child do their homework! Giving them a video game and ignoring them is NOT love, it's not care! It's negligence! If you really love and care for your child you think about THEIR future first instead of your own, and that means making them study. They'll be better off that way. If you neglect your child by thinking you can just give them games and ignore them, they'll end up unemployed, alone, and living in your house until they're 40!

    June 13, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Peter E

    If you look at your state's own budget you will learn a frightening fact: in the vast majority of states the largest single budget item is prisons! These are criminals who didn't get proper education. In today's society far too many people think that they don't want to pay taxes for others' education because every man should be for themselves and their child can get separate, better education. You get what you paid for. But at the same time people complain about the poor, uneducated, and criminals whom we have to keep in prison, also on taxpayer money. And keeping people in prison costs a lot more! If people just stopped for a moment and connected the dots they may realize that investing in better education of society now will save tremendous money and hassle a decade later when you don't have to pay for prisons as much. We need to get our budget priorities right!

    June 13, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. DawnL,CA

    I attended Catholic Schools(and have the scars to show for it).That said-school started at 8:00am & ended at 3:15pm. The junior high in my area is out a lot at 1:20pm.Why? School days need to be longer & the school year extended. The old days of almost 3 mos. off during the summer was implemented because the kids were needed to help on the farms or other jobs in their area. Who has a farm now? It's time to get serious .Get the parents to realize how serious their kids education is not only to the kids but also to the country.

    June 13, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. bsmith171

    arne duncan, a man who made NO improvements to Chicago schools so put him in charge of EDUCATION. that is really stupid.

    Chicago has 100% gun control law and what are the Chicago schools famous for?

    school shootings.

    Duncan is a payoof to Chicago for votes.

    June 13, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |