- Conversing with Laurene Powell Jobs before a room full of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors at the New Schools Summit Wednesday, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressed his belief that technology improves access to education and graduation rates.
- During the discussion, Duncan said that measures like increases in Pell Grants, programs like "Race to the Top" and "Investing in Innovation," and additional money secured to avoid teacher layoffs and fund a national early education competition weren't nearly enough, and that "we have so far to go."
- He expressed frustration that education isn't a bigger part of the national conversation and said that parents have to actively demand change in their schools before politicians will act, and that tech entrepreneurs need to help by continuing to develop and invest in MOOCs and educational games, as well as technology for students with special needs.
From the article:
... Duncan asked, “Can we find ways to scale the amazing teachers we do have?” He noted that there should be a way for an inspirational teacher at a charter school in Tennessee to instruct 50,000 a day. “The MOOCs are at the top of my list,” he said. ...