Arne Duncan was one of the longest serving members of President Barack Obama's cabinet and among the most influential Secretaries of Education in history. He has spent nearly three decades across all levels of education, from his mother's after-school program on Chicago's Southside to CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.
Secretary Duncan will provide an expose of the U.S. education system status quo that helps maintain a broken system at the expense of our kids' education.
Secretary Duncan says "Education runs on lies." He will discuss what he calls the lies that have caused American kids to fall behind their international peers, from early childhood all the way to college graduation rates. He will also talk about the countless everyday heroes that he has encountered along the way: teachers, principals, reformers, staffers, business people, mayors, and presidents.
That's probably not what you'd expect from a former Secretary of Education, but it's the truth." So opens Arne Duncan's HOW SCHOOLS WORK, although the title could just as easily be How American Schools Work for Some, Not for Others, and Only Now and Then for Kids.
Drawing on nearly three decades in education--from his mother's after-school program on Chicago's South Side to his tenure as Secretary of Education in DC--HOW SCHOOLS WORK follows Arne (as he insists you call him) as he takes on challenges at every turn: gangbangers in Chicago housing projects, parents who call him racist, teachers who insist they can't help poor kids, unions that refuse to modernize, Tea Partiers who call him an autocrat, affluent white progressive moms who hate yearly tests, and even the NRA, which once labeled Arne the "most extreme anti-gun member of President Obama's Cabinet." Going to a child's funeral every couple of weeks, as he did when he worked in Chicago, will do that to a person.
His long awaited book is called HOW SCHOOLS WORK: An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation's Longest Serving Secretaries of Education.
Early RSVPs are suggested here as the event will reach capacity.