In any other field except education, the person chosen to head up a major department has direct experience in that area (“The type of education secretary Biden needs,” New York Daily News, Nov. 17). The latest example is Betsy DeVos, who knows as much about the realities of the classroom as I do about the realities of an operating room in a hospital.
The usual candidates for education secretary in the past have been at best professors of education from major universities even though they lacked relevant classroom experience. The rationale was that such people were familiar with the best research studies about education.
I submit that only recent classroom experience in a public school should be the primary basis for the next education secretary. Such candidates know what teachers need to do their job effectively. Yes, administrative experience is important as well, but it is secondary to classroom experience.
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