Arne Duncan Quotes

 

Teachers support evaluations based on multiple measures: student growth, classroom observation and feedback from peers and parents.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

There was nothing more important I could do than be supportive as a dad.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

Almost 24 million children – one in three – are likely growing up without their father involved in their lives.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

I think every student needs access to technology, and I think technology can be a hugely important vehicle to help level the playing field.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

So instead of watching TV, we read every night together as a family.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

A postsecondary education is the ticket to economic success in America.

— Arne Duncan

Borrowing to pay for college used to be the exception; now it’s the rule.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

Money is not the reason that people enter teaching.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

Even in a time of fiscal austerity, education is more than just an expense.

— Arne Duncan

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.

— Arne Duncan

States should not balance their budgets on the backs of students.

— Arne Duncan

The cost of college should never discourage anyone from going after a valuable degree.

— Arne Duncan

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