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Many Children Left behind: How the No Child Left behind Act Is Damaging Our Children and Our Schoolsby Deborah Meier
Synopses & Reviews
Signed into law in 2002, the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) promised to revolutionize American public education. Originally supported by a bipartisan coalition, it purports to improve public schools byenforcing a system of standards and accountability through high-stakes testing. Many people supported it originally, despite doubts, because of its promise especially to improve the way schools serve poor children. Bymaking federal funding contingent on accepting a system of tests and sanctions, it is radically affecting the life of schools around the country.
But, argue the authors of this citizen's guide to themost important political issue in education, far from improving public schools and increasing the ability of the system to serve poor and minority children, the law is doing exactly the opposite. Here some of our mostprominent, respected voices in education-including school innovator Deborah Meier, education activist Alfie Kohn, and founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools Theodore R. Sizer-come together to show us how, point bypoint, NCLB undermines the things it claims to improve:
* How NCLB punishes rather than helps poor and minority kids and their schools
* How NCLB helps further an agenda of privatization and an attack onpublic schools
* How the focus on testing and test preparation dumbs down classrooms
* And they put forward a richly articulated vision of alternatives.
Educators and parents aroundthe country are feeling the harshly counterproductive effects of NCLB. This book is an essential guide to understanding what's wrong and where we should go from here.
"From the TradePaperback edition."
Discusses the negative effects of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and explains how this act punishes rather than helps poor and minority kids and their schools.
About the Author
The editors and contributors are all highly respected experts in education and founding members of the Forum for Education and Democracy, a nonprofit organization for social change.
Table of Contents
Introduction / George Wood — Preamble: a reminder for Americans / Theodore R. Sizer — From "separate but equal" to "No child left behind": the collision of new standards and old inequalities / Linda Darling-Hammond — A view from the field: NCLB's effects on classrooms and schools / George Wood — NCLB's selective vision of equality: some gaps count more than others / Stan Karp — NCLB and democracy / Deborah Meier — NCLB and the agenda to privatize public education / Alfie Kohn — Leaving no child behind: overhauling NCLB / Monty Neill.
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