The secretary of education does not work for the education establishment. The secretary works for the American people.
If my own son, who is now 10 months, came to me and said, 'You promised to pay for my tuition at Harvard how about giving me 50,000 instead to start a little business' I might think that was a good idea.
The elementary school must assume as its sublime and most solemn responsibility the task of teaching every child in it to read. Any school that does not accomplish this has failed.
Most certification today is pure 'credentialism.' It must begin to reflect our demand for excellence, not our appreciation of parchment.
Our common language is ... English. And our common task is to ensure that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language.
The shortage of student loans may require ... divestiture of certain sorts-stereo divestiture, automobile divestiture, three-weeks-at-the-beach divestiture.