I'll keep it brief.
Candidate Clinton has indicated in talks with NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia that she will absolutely listen to teachers. That's a great promise, but let me pare that down to a more direct question.
Last year, after years of failed administration education policies, the NEA general membership called for the resignation of Arne Duncan. So here's my question:
If you had been President, would you have required the resignation of Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education?
Okay, I realize that's a little in-your-face and involves some hypotheticals (such as, would you have ever appointed the guy in the first place), so let me ask a question, because I really want to understand how your administration would represent a break from the destructive policies of the past two administrations:
If you had been President for the past eight years, and knowing what you know now, how would your education policies have been different from the policies that we've actually had?
Please, please please please PLEASE, be specific. Talk about the ESEA rewrite or Common Core or financial incentives for states. But tell us something. If you had been our President for the past eight years, how would US education have been different. Because-- and again, I'm not sure if you get this-- education policy for the last sixteen years has not been good for public education in this country.
I await your response.