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Top Quotes from NPR’s Tell Me More: Education Special

October 11, 2012 posted by StudentsFirst

In case you missed it, Michelle Rhee was on NPR’s Tell Me More Wednesday morning talking about education reform. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho were among those who joined the conversation. The discussion actually started a few weeks ago through a twitter education forum using the hashtag #npredchat.

Here are our Top Quotes from the show! You can listen to all the audio please go here.

Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education

“First of all, education is the best investment we can make… we absolutely have to elevate and strengthen the teaching profession.”

“If you have the best 3rd grade test scores in the world but have a 50% dropout rate, you’re not changing your students' lives.”

“In how many communities… are we systemically identify the hardest working and most committed teachers and principals and putting them in the schools where the children need support. In how many of those communities are we making sure kids have access to a great school 10, 11 hours a day 6 or 7 days a week with a rich array of after school programing and programs for parents, GED, ESL, family literacy night. What are we doing around technology to make sure children in those communities have access to learning 24/7. I don’t think we have been serious enough as a country in closing the opportunity gap.”

Michelle Rhee, StudentsFirst CEO/Founder

“We have to be honest about the shortcomings of our public education system, because we’re not going to be able to fix the problems unless we acknowledge that they’re there.”

“One of the things we have to realize is that there are schools in this country that have been failing children for generations… we cannot afford to continue to send our children, year in and year out to failing schools, hoping that through a new five year or ten year plan, it’ll get better, especially not when so many of these schools have been failing for so long.”

Margaret Spellings, Former US Secretary of Education

“We have to really get serious about closing this achievement gap, and that includes putting our money and resources and our best teachers where our mouths are.”

“If we do not measure and find out who is left behind, they will not be served adequately and we will continue to bury the problem… it will be a silent killer… What gets measured gets done.”

“What I see us doing in order to make adults comfortable is to admit defeat.”

Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public School District

“Far too many young men and women drop out of school ... and they are condemned to a life of poverty, a cycle that has been so pervasive in generations before them. That keeps me up at night, but every morning I have an opportunity to wake up and change that.”

“Opportunity is created by forcing the key issues to be addressed. Number one, high quality and effective leaders, effective teachers. Innovation, and parental empowerment by providing choices that are appealing to parents and students alike.”

Topics: Parent Empowerment, Students, Achievement Gap, Michelle Rhee