Our Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent out a tweet.
I don't think the answers Mr.Duncan received were what he expected.
What if every district committed both to identifying what made their 5 best schools successful & providing those opps to all their students?
— Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) December 30, 2014
Here's the thing. He could make this work.
All he has to do is read the responses.
No, not just read them.
Listen to them. Listen to the hundreds of educators who stopped grading papers, reading essays, creating lesson plans, researching websites, connecting with their PLN, taking care of their families, or any of the things that teachers are doing at any given moment, in order to tap out 140 characters.
140 characters. Educators asking for a chance to be heard, to be understood, to be acknowledged.
Why not have his staff go through every tweet, find the common threads, and work from there?
"Aaaah, this is what they want. This is what they need in order to provide a worthy education to the children in their classroom."
Mr.Duncan, you may not have received the answers you wanted, but you got the answers you need.
#whatif @arneduncan, you actually listened?