Arne DuncanWhat could be more touching and moving than an open letter to teachers from Education Secretary Duncan in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

“I have worked in education for much of my life. I have met with thousands of teachers in great schools and struggling schools, in big cities and small towns, and I have a deep and genuine appreciation for the work you do. I know that most teachers did not enter the profession for the money. You became teachers to make a difference in the lives of children, and for the hard work you do each day, you deserve to be respected, valued, and supported…”

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Feel free to listen to James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend” while reading Duncan’s letter. You will undoubtedly find Taylor’s version more moving, more real, and more sincere.