The Weintraubs, Robert and David, call out Arne Duncan in this article in Education Week.

They sharply chastise him for his constant refrain that American schools are failing, stagnating, falling behind.

He is like an abusive basketball coach who kicks his players and shrieks at them: LOSERS! You are LOSERS! You should ALL be FIRED!

He lacks the leadership skills–or for that matter, the knowledge of teaching and learning–to inspire students, teachers, principals, administrators, and school board members.

He, who led one of the nation’s lowest-performing districts and left it as a low-performing district, has the temerity to complain that everyone else is a slacker.

Does he understand that he is undermining American education and those who work in the schools every day by his nattering negativism?

One day, he says we should show teachers “respect,” but every other day, he says that we must judge teachers by the test scores of their students, and if the scores don’t go up, fire them.

When the superintendent of Central Falls, Rhode Island, threatened to fire every single employee of Central Falls High School, he cheered.

When he did that, he broke the hearts of teachers across the nation, and he heartened the yahoos who want to demonize teachers.

Let us all hope that he can start to think like a basketball coach who knows how to bring out the best in his team.

It won’t happen by tearing them down.

It will happen by thanking them for the hard work they do every day under difficult circumstances.

What is required from our Secretary of Education is humility:

Recognize your limitations; don’t assume you know more than you do; show respect, don’t just talk about it.