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Secretary Duncan Offers New Student Motivational Exercise
American Federation of Teachers AFT President Randi Weingarten accompanied Duncan to Oregon. Pledging union support for the Department's innovative new idea, Weingarten danced the fandango on the table in front of the speaker's dais.
Pointing to the need for standardized national teacher training, Weingarten said, "We live in a highly mobile, instantly connected world in which knowledge travels on highways we can't even see. Our students need to be able to navigate through that world-to study, work and live in states other than the one in which they were educated, if they so choose or if circumstances demand it." Weingarten continued, "Their ability to do that, and to do it well, will be limited if we don't offer them a standardized upgrade in motivation."
Weingarten is scheduled to testify on the merits of the initiative at an upcoming House Committee on Education and Labor hearing.
Joel Packer, Director of Education Policy and Practice at the National Education Association, pledged, "We'll be sure to have a seat at the table on this one."
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