It’s Time for a Revolution II
Ken Kastle is a parishioner with me at our church St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Abington, PA. He writes a blog called “Looking at Things Through My Eyes.” Mr. Kastle has had a long career in education and often views his politics as I do, so I often find his blog posts compelling. Below is one of the posts to his blog, enjoy!
Here is an example of what has happened to public education in this country over the last several decades and the disdain that has been shown for the country’s education profession.
U.S. Secretaries of Education
Shirley Hufstedler (1979-1981): Attorney
Terrell Bell (1981-1984): Educator
William J. Bennett (1985-1988): Attorney
Lauro F. Cavazos (1988-1990): Zoologist and Physiologist
Lamar Alexander (1991-1993): Attorney
Richard W. Riley (1993-2000): Attorney
Roderick Paige (2001-2005): Educator
Margaret Spellings (2005-2009): Political Scientist
Arne Duncan (2009- ): Sociologist and the President’s basketball partner (see “Arne Duncan, Basketball Star” at http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/02/17/arne-duncan-basketball-star
Is there any other profession in which only two of the past nine national leaders of the profession (22%) were members of the profession itself? Can you imagine the president of the American Medical Association’s being an attorney? Can you imagine the president of the American Bar Association’s being a doctor?
It’s time for a revolution.