I just watched the press conference where Obama introduced his Secretary of Ed nomination, Arne Duncan. A colleague/friend of his from Chicago. Obama and Biden gave basic comments; nothing earth shattering.
Arne Duncan, in his comments, made no mention of higher education. I am going to check the transcripts, but it seemed like all he did was talk about himself and his great works in Chicago. (Not a good way to start in my opinion). His focus is clearly on primary education. He might be an innovator (a reporter’s question to PE Obama referenced Duncan’s plans to pay kids for grades), but he might not get the breadth of his job quite yet.
We’ll see what this means, if anything, but Arne Duncan’s first 5 minutes did not not do much for me.