A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (Ep. 75)

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Hey guys! I’m massively excited about this episode and want to let you jump right in, so I’ll make this summary brief; today I have the huge honor of talking with Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, on the podcast.

Secretary Duncan’s main message throughout our conversation? Graduate, graduate, graduate. He is laser-focused on improving graduation rates all over the country, both through initiatives to increase student aid and programs to help students perform better academically.

Beyond graduations rates, though, the conversation touches on picking a college, paying for school and dealing with student debt, and we also talk a bit about Secretary Duncan’s journey to becoming a member of the President’s Cabinet (which included a few years as a professional basketball player).

I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to conduct this interview; seriously, even as I’m writing this, it’s still hard to believe this episode is a reality when this podcast started with me rambling about exercise from my tiny apartment in the middle of Iowa.

Enjoy the episode!

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Clay Shippy

2/9/2016 6:40pm PST

Enjoying your interview with Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. You were talking about MOOCs, and “life long learning.” I’m 67 years old and don’t need to “buy” any more college education. I’m semi retired – whatever that means – and I do a lot of volunteer work. One project is a Job Club at a local church here in North Idaho. I run across a lot of “55 plusers” (if I can make up a word) who need to update skills or education. I find the MOOCs are an excellent way for them to do this, without plundering their grandkid’s college fund. Could you do a follow-up podcast on this topic. Thanks for your blog.

Post Falls, Idaho

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