"India produces about twice as many college grads each year as the U.S.; China graduates three times as many as we do - and their universities are becoming world-class."Duncan used various iterations of the "competing against India and China" line on multiple occasions earlier this year.
"Bush invested far too little in the reforms that would make No Child Left behind succeed: more and better teachers, better (not just more) tests, and state efforts to turn failing schools around."Almost $5 billion in School Improvement Funds ($3 billion in the ARRA, $545 million in FY 2009, and another $1.5 billion in the 2009-2010 budget) - check.
"It is time to revive the standards movement with the reforms Bush forgot: attracting topflight teachers by rewarding them for performance, not just credentials, and by offering higher pay to teaching high-need areas and subjects; expanding preschool and after-school; and providing more choices within the public school system."
"The saddest indictment of our school system is that the longer American students spend in it, the father they fall behind students in other countries.""More flexibility and resources in return for tougher accountability and rigor is the right formula for education reform at any level. But that formula has scarcely been tried in high schools, where it is best suited and would have the greatest impact.""We need to increase the amount of time young people spend learning - by lengthening the school day, extending the school year, and keeping you people engaged in learning over the course of the summer.""We should require summer school for those who fall behind - as Chicago has done - and insist that all students spend at least as much of their summers doing online exercises in basic skills like reading and math as they spend sending one another instant messages."
"As the Hart-Rudman Commission concluded, "The inadequacy of our system of research and education poses a greater threat to U.S. national security over the next quarter of a century than any potential conventional war.""When the Soviets launched Sputnik into space in the 1950s, President Eisenhower challenged America to put education first. The educational threat from our competitors today is far greater than any we faced then. America's young people shouldn't be kept waiting any longer."
"New Democrats support efforts to radically overhaul the industrial-era, factory model of American public education into a new system premised on public school choice, high standards, and accountability, with policies that promote teacher quality, charter schools, and performance-based federal education funding."