“Rewarding teachers based upon student success is a controversial idea. I actually like it,” he said.
Recognizing teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty—and not just with financial rewards—can encourage other educators, Duncan said. But teachers can’t always do the job alone, he said, and students must be serious about their own education.
“At the end of the day, the best teachers in the world can’t do this by themselves,” he said.
Many students at the town hall seemed to share the same concerns about paying for college, and Duncan said that while the government has made huge progress in this area, more is needed.
Perkins Loans, Pell Grants, and tuition tax credits have made an addition $30 billion available to college and college-bound students, he said. But younger students, whose families might be struggling to establish college funds, should not be forgotten.
“I worry that at a time when going to college has never been more important, it’s never been more expensive, and families have never been under more pressure,” he said.
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