Reuters recently asked U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about inequality – and cited Massachusetts, a national leader in education, in a provocative question. Here’s what Reuters asked and what Duncan answered:
Q: Does Massachusetts show the limits of education as the great equalizer? It has seen one of the biggest increases in inequality in the past 20 years.
A: I think it shows that … this movement towards quality, toward access and toward early-childhood education has to reach every child and every community who needs it. And that is simply not the case yet in Massachusetts and around the country. So it’s not a reason to back off. It’s a reason frankly to double down and to accelerate the pace of change.
Read the full interview, in which Duncan also talks about K-12, higher education and workforce development.