Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the National Academy Foundation NEXT Conference
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Thank you, J.D., for the warm welcome. Good afternoon, everyone.
It's a pleasure to join you all in marking the National Academy Foundation's 30-year record of impact, in states all across America.
It's a pleasure and honor to follow Valerie Jarrett and Birch Bayh. Given our lineup of distinguished speakers and outstanding panelists, I am going to keep my remarks brief.
Good evening, and welcome to what promises to be a phenomenal exhibition of talent by this year's United States Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
It's an honor to be here, and to be sandwiched between education luminaries like Secretary Riley, Michele Cahill, Governor Wise, and Governor Hunt.
We all know that the real work of educating children happens in the classroom among teachers and students in partnership with strong principals and involved parents.
Good morning everyone, and thank you for having me here today. I can't tell you how honored I am to have this opportunity. I have walked in beauty with the Navajo people in this land. It is an opportunity I will never forget.
I feel very fortunate to be here today to share in something which I think we do too little of in the field of education—and that is to celebrate success. To our graduates, and to their families who have supported them on this journey, congratulations.
Strengthening Education as a Global Public Good
Thank you, Dr. Goodman, for that kind introductionand for your leadership of this valued and venerable institution. It's striking to realize that IIE is approaching its centennialand to consider its remarkable achievements during that time, in strengthening educational exchange and promoting understanding among nations.
Thank you, Mark.
Good morning and welcome to Washington, delegates.
This is the third Mom Congress, and I've been honored to be at all three of them. I'm even more honored to have partners like you working across America to support education.
Before we start today's town hall discussion, I want to talk for a minute about the Obama administration's blueprint for reforming career and technical education, which we are releasing today.