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(Education Secretary Arne) Duncan Sending His Daughter Public Schools
Washington comPost ^ | 1/30/2009

Posted on 01/30/2009 10:52:06 AM PST by markomalley

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said his young daughter will attend public school in Northern Virginia.

In an interview, Duncan, 44, said he was attracted by both the quality of Arlington County schools and the diversity of the student body. He said his 7-year-old daughter, Claire, will enroll in first grade at a county elementary school.

Duncan and his wife, Karen, also have a son, 4-year-old Ryan. Both children sat quietly during his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this month, reading books and drawing. Their behavior earned them praise from several senators.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: arlingtonva; arneduncan; bhoeducation; education; publicschools
Well, this is one of the RARE times that I have to give a thumbs-up.

Unlike most in the higher echelons of government, at least he (Duncan) is not being a hypocrite (speaking of this case and this case alone). (Set policy for government schools while having children in highly exclusive private schools)

You may wish to bookmark this, as this may be the only kudos I ever give this man.

1 posted on 01/30/2009 10:52:06 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I agree, in theory - let’s see how long she stays in public school.


2 posted on 01/30/2009 10:56:10 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Computer says No..... Carole Beer)
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To: markomalley

Arne (Education Secretary) Duncan should be unemployed.


3 posted on 01/30/2009 10:56:45 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

The Fairfax Co School System has a good reputation.


4 posted on 01/30/2009 10:57:42 AM PST by Perdogg (Only the hypnotized never lie)
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To: markomalley

Except he’s subjecting his daughter to public school as propaganda (to not appear hypocritical).


5 posted on 01/30/2009 10:58:10 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
I agree, in theory - let’s see how long she stays in public school.

Well, we're talking Arlington, not the District. So all he has to worry about is MS-13, not any serious threats to his daughter...

6 posted on 01/30/2009 10:58:49 AM PST by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley

I think he has a right to send his little girls to whatever school he wants. It’s what he tells me to do with my kid that concerns me.


7 posted on 01/30/2009 11:02:39 AM PST by pallis
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

diversity good diversity good diversity good


8 posted on 01/30/2009 11:05:30 AM PST by stan_sipple
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To: markomalley

Walkin’ the talk - gotta hand it to him. Refreshing.

Colonel, USAFR


9 posted on 01/30/2009 11:11:52 AM PST by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: markomalley

When I read the headline, I thought “how could he do that to hos daughter?”, but quickly suspected that Duncan was living in the suburbs, not in DC, and thus would be sending his daughter to a good, safe public school instead of the crap that DC residents are stuck with. I betcha a lot of parents in DC wish they could send their children to a good school, too, but the Democrats and the teachers’ union will never let that happen.


10 posted on 01/30/2009 11:12:40 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: stan_sipple

I noticed that, too.

I’d like someone, anyone, to show me some empirical, tested study that shows that an education in a “diverse” environment is superior to education in a homogeneous environment.

They can’t. In fact, if the study were done, I’m sure the opposite would prove true.

I heard some brainwashed little future liberal activist at the library this summer, talking to a librarian about picking out a college for the fall, and her #1 criteria was “diversity of the student body”.


11 posted on 01/30/2009 11:14:53 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Perdogg

Faairfax is like a lot of well-to-do suburban district: the good students are—practically speaking— tracked, so they never see the losers except accidentally. Ship passing in the night.


12 posted on 01/30/2009 11:24:46 AM PST by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: demshateGod

Given how young Duncan’s kids are, he probably thinks they’ll be fine in public school — for now. I’d give him the benefit of the doubt on this, especially since he’s not living in D.C.


13 posted on 01/30/2009 11:25:19 AM PST by utahagen
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To: MrB

didnt Jimmah’s daughter (sic) Amy attend DC pub schools?


14 posted on 01/30/2009 11:34:25 AM PST by stan_sipple
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To: MrB

“diversity of the student body,” ie, easier to bag an A in minority oppression studies.


15 posted on 01/30/2009 11:36:07 AM PST by stan_sipple
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To: AuH2ORepublican
... and thus would be sending his daughter to a good, safe public school instead of the crap that DC residents are stuck with.

The DC residents ARE the crap in the DC schools.

16 posted on 01/30/2009 11:37:23 AM PST by FrdmLvr (What fresh hell is this?)
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To: Perdogg
"The Fairfax Co School System has a good reputation."

That's an understatement. They are arguably the best public school district in the country. The high school in Fairfax County (Langley I believe) competes academically with 20k-30k a year private schools in the area. What's even more interesting, the Fairfax county school system spends significantly less per pupil than does DC Public, with unbelievably better outcomes.

17 posted on 01/30/2009 11:40:10 AM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: FrdmLvr

I don’t want to repeat your nasty comment, but I would like to ask you who do you think is responsible for the condition and the thought process of those kids in the public schools in DC? It doesn’t even matter that the kids get no support from the parents because the public schools teach the kids not to respect authority.


18 posted on 01/30/2009 11:40:48 AM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: markomalley

Things will change once middle school rolls around. That is, if he is still in the position that many years down the road.


19 posted on 01/30/2009 11:43:18 AM PST by CriticalJ
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To: stan_sipple

She was a dumb little brainwashed suburbanite liberal guilt ridden white girl.

I guess if she went into one of those “perpetual grievance” classes and denounced her culture, her heritage, and everyone that looks like her, she would get her ‘A’.


20 posted on 01/30/2009 11:55:07 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Eva

Hey, the “nasty comment” didn’t originate with me. You’ll have to take it up with AuH2ORepublican. I was merely responding by making a logical conclusion. “Who do I think is responsible for the condition and the thought process of those kids in the public schools in DC?”, you ask. That would have to be kids themselves. How is it that the conditions/kids in the Fairfax County public school system have managed to garner a reputation for safe schools while the DC schools are not, as evidenced by the responses in this thread? Aren’t public schools public just schools after all? You claim they don’t teach authority, yet the Fairfax County district doesn’t seem to have the same bad reputation as the DC schools.

I am a teacher who has taught in many public school districts, suburban and inner city. I will never ever teach in an inner city district again. You couldn’t pay me enough. They are definately NOT safe. And it’s not the teachers who pose the threat.


21 posted on 01/30/2009 12:05:48 PM PST by FrdmLvr (What fresh hell is this?)
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To: MrB
Well, it depends on what you mean by diverse. If you're talking about true diversity of thought/opinion/etc., then education in a diverse environment is probably beneficial. I attend a college that is heavily math/science oriented, and as a result, most people who attend there tend to think along the same lines, and honestly, I kind of miss the different types of people I would experience at a less specialized college. There are benefits to being exposed to different schools of thought; even if it doesn't alter your opinion, it stretches your brain so you can look at things in more than one way. The world needs liberal activists too.

However, if you're talking strictly about quantifiable diversity (race/gender/sexual orientation/etc.) then I'm not sure if there's any difference. What usually passes as 'diverse' is bringing in people who really shouldn't be in university and as a result don't succeed, and that doesn't help anyone.

22 posted on 01/30/2009 12:08:23 PM PST by CatInTheBox (I've got... the Knack.)
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To: CatInTheBox

You know as well as I do that “diverse” simply means

“non-white”.


23 posted on 01/30/2009 12:24:56 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: markomalley

I’d be impressed if she went to the public schools in DC, as opposed to the nice suburbs.


24 posted on 01/30/2009 12:53:23 PM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: MrB

True (at least as far as universities are concerned), but while diversity for diversity’s sake is ridiculous, simply having a mix of people due to various other factors is a neutral. Often when people see ‘diversity’, they assume it was engineered at the expense of academics... and this isn’t always the case. Look in a Computer Science course; it’s plenty ‘diverse’, and academic integrity isn’t sacrificed at all. People automatically construe a variety of ethnicity as either a very good or a very bad thing... but sometimes, it just is.


25 posted on 01/30/2009 12:56:39 PM PST by CatInTheBox (I've got... the Knack.)
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To: Perdogg

Duncan’s daughter, however, is enrolled in Arlington County public schools. Much smaller school district, but has some excellent schools.


26 posted on 01/30/2009 1:00:35 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: CatInTheBox

Yeah, in the sciences/engineering, there are no “diverse for diversity’s sake” people there past the 2nd year, if they don’t have what it takes. I had a lot of good experiences working with people of many different backgrounds while getting my degree.


27 posted on 01/30/2009 1:05:05 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

” ..the crap that DC residents are stuck with.”

It’s a two-way street, isn’t it? DC parents with any funds at all and hope for their children, send them to private or parochial schools, unless they live in the area that has a few decent schools. Otherwise, the schools feed back to the community exactly what the community has fed to them.

I tutored many years ago in a not-so-good DC public school. We’d go 2-3 nights a week and work with the students. Then they would go home ...no support, no back up, no help with their assignments. So each week we had to start anew. Not to say there aren’t other issues, but if parents can’t help their own children, expecting the public schoolto turn out scholarly students is a bit much.

After that, with my own children we lived in a delightful DC neighborhood, wih 15 children under the age of 5 on one half-block. The significance of that figure didn’t dawn on me till my oldest was about to start school. By the time those kids were turning 6, all families but one, including ours, headed out for the ‘burbs.


28 posted on 01/30/2009 1:12:15 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: FrdmLvr
I am a teacher . . . inner city districts . . . They are definately NOT safe.

Of all posts not to use spell check. Ouch.

29 posted on 01/30/2009 1:21:23 PM PST by Jacquerie (Islam is a barbaric political and social system in religious drag.)
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To: EDINVA

My bad.


30 posted on 01/30/2009 1:59:03 PM PST by Perdogg (Only the hypnotized never lie)
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To: FrdmLvr

What I meant is that the public schools teach the post modernist meta narrative of victimization, that the students should reject the white man’s system as oppressive and respect their own culture, whatever that is.

I know what you are saying about inner city schools. My nephew just quit a job in a district outside of Philadelphia because it was a lost cause that he didn’t feel like fighting for, especially because there was so little support from the administration.


31 posted on 01/30/2009 5:37:21 PM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: stan_sipple

George and Laura Bush also sent their twins to public school. I think he and Laura went to public schools also.


32 posted on 01/30/2009 7:53:04 PM PST by dsutah
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To: dsutah

GWB went to public schools through the eighth grade. Then he was sent to a fancy N.E. “Prep School”.
Barbara went to public schools through High school. (Robert E. Lee H.S. in Midland and was a schoolmate of General Tommy Franks).
I’m not sure about the daughters.


33 posted on 01/30/2009 8:01:39 PM PST by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: EDINVA

Arlington Schools are far superior to those in Fairfax which is also reflected in the fact the Duncan would choose Arlington. Arlington is a small county with 10% of the student body compared to failing Fairfax or Montgomary Counties. Especially, now during these bad times many students in Fairfax are in trailers and teachers are being laid off. Arlington does not have the same problems because of the great wealth of the people living there supporting the public schools. Arlington is the foundation of rich democratic america - just take a drive in Country Club Hills and it is right there to be seen.


34 posted on 03/31/2009 5:30:27 PM PDT by pineappleeurope
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To: pineappleeurope

It’s difficult (if not silly) to compare schools in Arlington or Falls Church to those in Fairfax or Montgomery. Arlington has all of 3 high schools; Alexandria and Falls church each have 1.

It could be said some Fairfax/Montgomery schools are better than those in Arlington/Alexandria/Falls Church, and some are worse.

Fairfax does, after all, have THE #1 school in the entire country, with a complement of a half-dozen or so Arlington students, 3 from Falls Church, and none from Alexandria.

I would imagine Duncan moved to Arlington because it does have good schools and is very close to DC, not to mention a seriously liberal slant.


35 posted on 03/31/2009 7:29:48 PM PDT by EDINVA
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