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President recently spoken part of the US Hispanic chamber of commerce about reforming education and making sure government money is spent wisely.
Here's what he had to say.
Secretary Duncan will use only one test when deciding what ideas to support -- your precious tax dollars.
Not whether an idea as liberal or conservative but whether it works.
So how will your tax money be spent and will lead to better education joining us now -- the US secretary of education Arnie Duncan mr.
Secretary -- thank you very much for joining us we appreciate it.
-- have -- -- pictured opportunity OK how do we translate more money.
Into better scores.
And better futures for our children.
Was if you will know money's important but money alone won't begin to guess where we need to go we have to -- should be very very strong reform agenda at the same time.
And by transforming what's going on the classroom by significantly.
Increasing do you rate of change.
By adding more reforms by pushing hard to make sure every child has a chance to be successful that's the only way we're gonna get there.
And here and you know these numbers better than I do but here's what I am probably taxpayers worry about we -- number what we spend more money per student.
For high school students than any country in the world but we're 25 and 21 respectively in both math.
And science scores we spend more and get less you set yourself money isn't the only and how we solve that problem is that upsets Americans these.
Number -- but I -- let me tell you for so we have to educate our way to better economy that's the only way we're going to get there so what do we need to change first of all we have to raise our standards.
A would be dumbing down standards -- far too many states are expectations are far too low.
Our dropout rates far -- -- hi we have to challenge that that's that's cold very very hard.
Secondly great talent matters tremendously we to find the best and brightest teachers and principals.
We need to reward them for the accidents reward them for making a difference in students' lives and helping them large.
We do encourage them to take on the toughest of assignments.
Inner city urban world whatever might be and where we have great adults and students -- those students learn despite whatever social economic challenges they might.
And also listen I agreed everything you said but also I don't know -- president's got a very bold goal let's get everybody go to college or do a year post high school.
We got to keep people in high school mr.
secretary who -- they have 9% of Americans drop out of high school according to Colin Powell's organization.
Billion dollars is what it cost Americans for the millions of people who drop out of high school in lost wages.
Age entitlement programs etc.
how we keep people in school do we need to distance that -- dropping out a little harder.
-- absolutely and the loss of human potential the loss to our economy it's staggering.
And one of the most important things the presence that is -- students drop out today they're not just given up on themselves.
-- given up on their country there are no good drop out there are no good jobs out there today.
For high school drop out there basically condemned to poverty and social failure we have about 2000 high schools in our country.
They're responsible for almost 50% of our.
-- high school dropouts.
They're basically drop out factories and we have to fundamentally turn -- schools around.
More -- status quo is not gonna get us where we need to go.
Incremental -- -- changes not gonna get where we need to go we to fundamentally change what's going on in those high schools that are disproportionately.
Up what he's pushing students out onto the streets -- in these dropout factories.
And if we do that and taken on it you know this is tough medicine but we're willing to take it -- had the courage to do it.
In a relatively short amount time I think we could have a real impact on these numbers.
Dramatically help the economy the most important for me really give these students a chance to fulfill their potential -- chase their dreams we have a moral obligation to do bad.
Best school ever went to elementary school in San Diego County flora Vista elementary it was all year round he went for two months.
Were off for three weeks -- -- it was experimental I don't even think it exists anymore about tea.
I was reading Malcolm battle's latest book out -- about the did difference in test scores that long summer break which we did have an elementary school which I swear helped me out.
But that long break really hurts people -- the kids who have money have access the programs and their test -- according to Gladwell really surge and there's your gap.
We noticed that -- rethink the school year.
And what we rethink the school today make it longer make it.
Aren't we we have to do this and this is not my most popular a lot -- got -- was students don't you give your little light headed about it.
But we have to art school days to -- our school week is too short and our school year is too short.
In children Indian -- and those that children are students who competed against for jobs long term.
Both students and India and China -- going to school 25%.
30% more than we are.
We need a longer day a -- week along the year the summer we lost you talk about kills us it's really it particularly students who come from poor families.
We get students to certain point by June it would come back to September there further behind -- -- they've left stuff that's heartbreaking.
-- so we absolutely have to think definitely about time.
And a significant investment we're making in schools a school -- run a country.
We are pushing very very hard to see exactly that to -- longer days longer years and -- students more of what they need to be successful.
Many of the high performing charter schools -- -- other innovative banks but the common denominator so many schools this gets what.
Longer days longer -- out while -- years' time matters -- suicide.
-- -- more on that you know it's black you know but I -- bottles books although I'm sure a lot of people ready junior and Don knowledge a lot deeper than mine but I did find its bear the amazing.
The fall off in reading ability for that long summer break that can you have all different social economic bubbles had kind of the same type -- reading abilities and third and fourth grade on average.
When they came back for that summer break in the wealthier kids maybe went to camp or -- summer school.
There reading scores were off the charts and the kid that fell behind never caught up.
It just it just exacerbates the differences between the haves and the have nots -- teachers work really hard -- students the students go home of the summer.
And they're not going to camps are not going to libraries -- not going to museums and not being read to.
That they're gonna fall behind and it's absolutely heartbreaking and we see that -- across the country wasn't unique to I saw back back in Chicago.
If so where we bring students back -- month early six weeks early we have a wide variety of academic -- -- programs during the summer guess what those students continue to learn they continue to grow.
So we have to give them those opportunities it's a year round school league longer days longer weeks -- -- years.
We have to as a country moving that direction if we're gonna maintain our economic competitiveness.
All right secretary of education -- dug it too good discussions that mr.
You know -- got -- at school at flora Vista I'll never forget flora Vista elementary in San Diego County is incident is California.
All year round -- -- kids out there my daughter's gonna hate the theory.
But I think it was great because you never had that long gap -- you -- forgot how to write -- add.
Right -- it's our job as parents -- jobs educators to do what the right thing as far children and sometimes that the other medicine they may not like it's much the long term they'll thank you for it and we're committed to getting there.
Gets right in my -- my dad cry like yours new in the report card was coming out.
-- I walked in the door where your numbers all right thank you very much mr.
secretary appreciate it.
Thanks for having me -- -- the price of.
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