Joshua Starr to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: Stop calling lifelong public educators liars.

This is one of Arne’s most inexplicable habits. He has repeatedly said that educators lie to children. They tell children they are smart, they tell them they passed, they tell them they did good work, when Arne knows better. He knows our kids are lazy and dumb. He alone tells the truth.

Thanks to Josh Starr, superintendent of Montgomery County, Maryland, for saying that’s enough. Please, Arne, just stop it.

Find the good and praise it.

Or, as W. H. Auden wrote, “In the prison of his days, Teach the free man how to praise.”