Duncan: Teachers must lead education reform
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, in remarks Friday to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards:
This professional transformation won't happen unless teachers own this and drive this. Change can only come from the men and women who do the hard work every day in our classrooms. This group, Nationally Board Certified Teachers, has always stood for excellence and professionalism. You are uniquely prepared to take on this mission and transform your field. So, I urge you to lead this effort. Your colleagues in the classroom trust you. They will take your lead and they will follow you. Appeal to their highest ideals. Bring their voice into the conversation, and help them see that by taking full responsibility for their profession, they can remake it in their own eyes—and in the eyes of our nation. And then we can all look forward to the day when people across society who meet a teacher come away with just one word on their lips: "Wow."