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

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Who's Failing?

As the DoE reports more than a quarter of U.S. schools are failing under terms of President Bush's No Child Left Behind law, NPR in Boston zeroes in on the real story -- NCLB is what's failing. Buckle Down! It's an interview you don't want to miss.

Talking about Education and No Child Left Behind
From Teacher's College at Columbia University:

A report out this week says that thousands of American schools have found one way to try to raise reading and math scores: cut back on teaching everything else. President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" program punishes schools that don't hit their marks on reading and math test scores. In an effort to meet the law, some schools are pushing all but reading, math -- and testing -- to sidelines.

Thomas Sobol, Professor of Outstanding Educational Practice at Teachers College and former New York State Education Commissioner (1987 to 1995), is a guest speaker on Boston's WBUR National Public Radio show.

The show, Education and No Child Left Behind, airs March 29th at 11 a.m. and will be available in the WBUR archives at: http://www.onpointradio.org/shows/2006/03/20060329_b_main.asp

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