"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Education & Advocacy on NCLB

Part the problem with NCLB is the complexity of the legislation and a lack of information and understanding on the part of the general public, teachers and parents. The Harvard Civil Rights Project has produced a series of videos and DVD's for education and advocacy on No Child Left Behind which could be a useful tool for those interested in promoting awareness and political action as the legislation moves towards reauthorization in 2007.

The video and resource guide are specifically designed for use as a training tool for parents, organizations, teachers, advocates, and other leaders seeking to improve educational outcomes for children of color and close the racial achievement gap. The NCLB video series and resource guide provide the viewer with a basic understanding of the No Child Left Behind Act, and high stakes testing. The video neither endorses nor condemns NCLB as a whole, but acknowledges both the serious harms and potential benefits that could result from the Act's implementation.


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  2. Why is the NCLB legislation a problem just because many people don't understand it? What do you think people do not understand?