Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at OECD's Release of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009 Results
Since the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) first implemented PISA in 2000, it has mushroomed to 60 countries and five non-national entities, such as Shanghai.
Last week at ED, we celebrated International Education Week with the official opening of the "Rivers of the World" art exhibit, which features artwork from U.S. and U.K. students. This exhibit, made possible by the Department's Student Art Exhibition Program, perfectly embodies the spirit of International Education Week by demonstrating to us the kind of broader learning that’s possible, across countries, and across oceans.
|Speaking with special guest Martin Davidson, Chief Executive of the British Council.|
The exhibit is part of the British Council's Rivers of the World project, linking schools and more than 2,000 13–14 year olds around the world through a common theme: their city's river. In the exhibit on display at ED, students from the U.S. and the U.K. use their creative talents to celebrate, explore, and share the beauties of their local environment, specifically the Anacostia River for the U.S. students and the Thames River for the U.K. students. The exhibit also underscores the theme of International Week: "Striving for a Sustainable Future."
I would encourage any of you who are in the area to stop by and see the artwork created by students from right here in DC. The exhibit is absolutely wonderful, and I'm so proud to have the talents of our students on display!
The Vision of Education Reform in the United States: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France
It is an absolute honor to address UNESCO. During the last 65 years, UNESCO has done so much to advance the cause of education and gender equity, alleviate poverty, and promote peace. When UNESCO was founded in 1945, much of Europe, Russia, and Japan lay in ruin.
Education and International Competition: The Win-Win Game. Secretary Duncan's Remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City
It's great to be back before the Council on Foreign Relations. I am looking forward to a spirited discussion with your members.
I want to talk briefly today about my article in the forthcoming Foreign Affairs on education and international competitiveness, and then turn over the discussion to my good friend and moderator, New York's chancellor Joel Klein.
International Engagement Through Education: Remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan at the Council on Foreign Relations Meeting
Thank you for inviting me to join you today. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with this distinguished group.