*0035_A June 2013 Conversation with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan_He wants dramatic expansion of high-quality preschool

[Notes from from Donna Jack
This video is one hour and three minutes long.
It lets you watch and listen to President Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.  He speaks about the role of the federal government in education – to begin before a child is in kindergarten.]

“A Conversation with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan-PPICvideosPPICvideos

“Published on Jun 24, 2013

Secretary Duncan says his biggest challenge is a sense of complacency about education. He also says a dramatic expansion of high-quality preschool is among his top priorities. In a wide-ranging conversation, the U.S. education secretary speaks with Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).”

More notes by Donna Jack:

Arne Duncan’s says the highest priority is access to high quality pre-k (preschool).

In reference to public schools in general, he says we should be tight on goals, loose on how to get to those goals (not prescriptive).  But that is not what we have seen come down to the schools through his Department of Education.

Schools are told to use Common-Core-approved curriculum, or AP (Advanced Placement) curriculum, in order to get high scores. All schools are required to score high on nationally designed PARCC and Smarter Balance assessments, or else lose funding, jobs, etc.  This is not “loose on how to get to those goals.” He says one thing and supports another.

At 29 minutes on this video he says it is probably the first time in our nation’s history that students across the country are “being measured by a common yardstick.”  That is federal control of education!  That is not loose in any kind of way.

He considers it a very high priority to have all preschool children in public schools.  He says there needs to be access to high quality pre-k (preschool).

Arne Duncan supports taking little children away from their parents, even when they are three years old or younger.  And very good people all across our country, in both main political parties, independents and others, are falling for the “conventional wisdom” that it is important and beneficial to the scholastic development of their little children, to give them up to federal schooling, even when they are 3 years old or younger.

Little children need to be home, and be able to explore, rest, play — free from peer pressures and free from stress; free from being pitted against other children; free from being evaluated, judged, cataloged, spied on; free from being taught to “tell on” (inform on) their parents, their teachers, and other children; freed from being expected to comprehend curriculum that is not designed for their age — and freed from being subjected to threats and inappropriate behavior. They need to be free to explore, play, nap, and do nothing.

How many parents really know what is going on with their little children in those classrooms?

Government schooling is not the best option for little children.  Let them just be kids.

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