Saturday, July 9, 2016

SecEd lays out vision for American higher ed - Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

At the New York Times Higher Ed Leadership forum last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. John King sat down with the Times' Charles Duhigg to lay out his vision for higher education. King talked about the impact of his upbringing — orphaned at 12 and kicked out of high school after the anger over losing both parents led to behavioral challenges — on his education philosophy. Because of his rocky high school career, which could have seen him become another negative statistic on black and brown boys in this country, "the notion of second chances is an important one for me," King said during the interview. "I believe that people make mistakes in life, but then they need an opportunity to get things back on track." King mentioned the criminal justice reform efforts of the mid-90s, during which "we were really tough on crime and really [expanded] the prison system," and the Pell grant extensions to prisoners hoping to gain skills necessary for successful reentry was eliminated.

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