The U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urges master teachers to help transform teaching profession.

America should radically transform the way that teachers are recruited, assigned, evaluated and compensated in order to recognize and reward its great veteran teachers, attract top students into the field, and make America more competitive, said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

In a speech to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Duncan urged teachers to rebuild their profession to give teachers more autonomy in exchange for performance-based accountability. Duncan also called for higher salaries to make teaching more competitive with other professions like medicine, law and engineering.

“I’m here today to challenge us all to work together towards one profound goal: to make teaching one of our nation’s most venerated professions,” Duncan said.

A critic of teacher preparation programs, teacher evaluation systems and a school year based on the agrarian calendar, Duncan said, “The entire model no longer works: a broken pipeline, a nine-month school year, a factory approach to staffing, compensation and benefits, a school design from the last century, and a management structure that is simply not up to the challenge.”

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