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Listen to former secretary of education Arne Duncan's poignant and often controversial thoughts on education and Chicago gun violence in this snippet.
Publish Date: Jan 22, 2021
Arne Duncan served as secretary of education from 2009-2015, working closely with the Obama administration to pass copious legislation and secure billions of dollars in teacher aide and school funding. And since leaving office, he hasn't slowed down. Here, you'll get a glimpse of his pursuits, and the often controversial ideas that inspire them, masterfully facilitated by the student-run University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts.
And what I always say is that for me join education should be the ultimate bipartisan issue. There should be nothing left or right, or Republican or conservative or liberal Democrat about increasing access to pre pre K raising graduation rates are making college more accessible and affordable. What troubles me so much with the current administration, I think we should agree on some national goals for education again, these Air Nation building goals. And then we could have lots of vigorous policy debate about the best strategies to achieve those goals. As you know, there's never one best way to do it. What works in New York? L. A. Chicago might work very different in Montana, around a Native American reservation or in Appalachia. Um, but you don't hear anything coming from the current administration about educational goals. You never hear that talk. You never hear any talk about strategies. Basically, there it seems like the only thing they think about is like rolling back some of the things that we did. Whether it's protect this protections for victims of sexual assault on campus, well, this protections for transgender Children, whether it's trying to get some balance in terms of school discipline and ending the school to prison pipeline for our young men of color. Um, they seem obsessed with trying to roll back things we did, which is, um, it would be funny to me if it wasn't sad, because I didn't spend one moment thinking about what my predecessor did. It didn't do, is always about looking forward. Um, and then I say, This is not This is a bit of, ah, a tough statement, but I always try to be very, very honest. E think with the current administration that lack of talking about nation building goals, educational goals I don't think that's an accident. I think that's by design. And when you have a president like Trump who has such authoritarians tendencies, who talks about the press being the enemy of the people? Authoritarian leaders don't want the best educated citizenry. They don't want the smartest people on the planet. Um, part of their power comes from creating fear and becoming the only source of truth and news, and you see him working at that. So this is not just a knacks, ident or a happenstance that we don't see any goals. I think it's by design and that I can't tell you how deeply that troubles may