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Arne Duncan

Tech-loving U.S. education chief ‘not a fan' of Microsoft Xbox 360

TechFlash Seattle

Todd Bishop on Sunday, September 19, 2010, 9:10am PDT

His opinion might not carry the weight of Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J among the country's schoolchildren, but Arne Duncan, the U.S. education secretary, is adamant in this New York Times Q&A today when asked if he would ever buy an Xbox for his children.

“Not a fan. No, absolutely not.”

Phi Beta Iota: Grand Theft Auto, and X-Box, have made huge differences in children's lives.  X-Box Live is social networking and social problem-solving of very high value.  What we have here is US education being run by a guy who got the job because he was a local pal of the President.  He is so out of touch with the reality of what digital natives want and need that he confirms our view that education, intelligence, and research need to be under one big brain that can redirect three fifths or more of the secret intelligence budget to a total make-over of education, intelligence, and high-tech research & development in the context of one integrated “smart nation.”

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