Some conservatives are saying it’s time to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). It’s a sign that the public may not understand the Department’s role. That’s a shame, but understandable. For the last three decades, people in education have been focused on talking to each other. In a frenetic attempt to outsmart each other, the conversation has gotten so wonky, so down right impenetrable for the average citizen that people are clueless about what the DOE actually does. This is dangerous for Arne Duncan, who is making some head way with programs such as Race to the Top. If the DOE goes under attack, there’ll be no movement of impassioned voters who’ll rise up to defend it.
It’s a prime example of what a failure to communicate causes. In a knowledge economy, can a failure to communicate get you sacked? It should. On the bright side, there are some rising leaders in education ready to speak plain English about what it takes to improve schools in America.
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