I think you misunderstand my point. Duncan has a lot of leadership experience in the field, but I PERSONALLY don't like his policy or where he's coming from. In your previous post, it seemed that you tried to validate Gates' stance because his mirrored that of Duncan, but for those who think Duncan is full of hot air, it would make Gates' argument seem anything but valid. Yes, Duncan has worked in educational administration for quite some time. I confess that some good things have been done in Chicago, but most of his goals, quite frankly, terrify me. I remember an NPR interview I heard with him in which he begged for longer school days, longer school weeks (6 days) and longer school years. When asked by the interviewer if he thought teachers should be paid more for all this extra time in the classroom, he said, "Well, there just isn't the money." Teachers' concerns are on the bottom of his list of priorities. He is not a teacher's Sec. of Ed. In terms of educational policy, I suppose he's fine. In terms of teacher job quality, not so much.