Secretary Arne Duncan Visits Schools in Denver (April 7, 2009)
Secretary Arne Duncan and Senator Michael Bennet speak to high school students at Bruce Randolph School in Denver, Colo. Duncan fielded insightful questions from a crowd of 200 students, urging them to stay in school, take tougher classes and recognize that decisions they make today will affect the rest of their lives. "This high school journey should be a starting point," Duncan told the school of sixth- through 11th-graders. Duncan told the students that their academic growth was a testament to the longer time they spent in school--with after-school sessions, Saturday classes and courses during the summer for low performers. "Feel free to boo me if you want; I think our school day is too short, our school week is too short and our school year is too short," he said. "Six hours a day, nine months a year doesn't makes sense."