Education secretary selection

The nomination of Miguel Cardona as the next Secretary of Education is a welcome choice (“Biden Names a Former Teacher to His Cabinet to Oversee Schools ‘In a State of Crisis,’ “ Time, Dec. 22).  I say that because he is a former public-school elementary school teacher.

For too long, those in the post had no such experience.  Betsy DeVos, was the most obvious example.  Teachers need to be heard if reform is to be successful.  Only people who have actually taught will gain the respect of classroom teachers.  I wish Cardona the very best at this critical crossroads, but I think we have to be realistic about what any cabinet secretary can accomplish.

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