I don’t speak as well as I ought. I was reminded just today that I have a tendency to stick “uh” in unnecessary places (which would be anywhere in a sentence).
Then again, I am not the Secretary of Education:
Now, in an interview on Bloomberg Television, airing today and tomorrow, [Secretary] Duncan said that public schools in Texas have “really struggled” under Perry.
“Far too few of their high school graduates are actually prepared to go on to college,” he said. “I feel very, very badly for the children there.”
Badly does not begin to describe the cringeworthiness of that last statement. However, that is the least of his errors, as Jammie Wearing Fool points out in the linked article.
Bottom line? Those kids in Chicago (where Mr. Duncan used to be in charge of education matters more directly than he is today) are in worse shape than their counterparts in Mr. Perry’s Texas. That is, the facts belie the Secretary’s belligerence on the matter.
Don’t expect any shame from Mr. Duncan. He apparently missed learning that along with proper word usage.