A few days ago, Secretary Arne Duncan tweeted this question:

“What if every district committed both to identifying what made their 5 best schools successful & providing those opps to all their students?
2:44 PM – 30 Dec 2014”

Within minutes, someone created a hashtag #whatif, and parents and teachers began flooding Twitter with their own “what if” questions. Valerie Strauss reprinted some of them here.

Here is one:

“Jeanne Berrong @kayringe
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@arneduncan #WhatIf the DOE committed both to identifying what made their 5 worst reform initiatives failures & removing them from schools?
5:52 PM – 30 Dec 2014”

Here is another:

“Karen Lewis @KarenLewisCTU
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#whatif @arneduncan, children got their lives back, their joy of discovery and a safe place to learn to think critically? Play is real.
10:48 PM – 30 Dec 2014”

And another:

“Chris Cerrone @Stoptesting15
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#WhatIf Every family & student boycotted @arneduncan ‘s high-stakes testing & we moved to a well-rounded education w/ authentic assessment.
9:41 PM – 30 Dec 2014”