Listening live (over a late breakfast coffee) to the press conference led by President Elect Obama announcing the Secretary of Education. Arne Duncan is the nominee. This is an underrated post in terms of how high profile it is compared to the other cabinet posts… but of course it’s super-important. So it is wonderful to hear the lovely speech from the pres-to-be (and also the one from the vice-pres-to-be). Just really great. It is especially good to hear recognition of the fact that the core of education is what goes on in the home… it can’t be delegated by lazy or uninvolved parenting to schools…. It’s all recycled a bit from his campaign speech, but why not? If you get a chance, have a listen.
(Also, yesterday’s appointment speech about the societal importance of science and listening to scientists was excellent. Did you hear it?)