My article "Beyond NCLB" discusses in general form what an overhauled Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA - currently named NCLB) should include. To reach the conclusions, I briefly consider some of the damage caused by NCLB and discuss the concept of the "educational debt" developed by Gloria Ladson-Billings. This Rethinking Schools article is now on the web here.
The issue contains many other valuable articles including one on reading first by Stephen Krashen (available on the web). "The Power of Words: top down mandates masquerade as social justice reforms" by Linda Christensen, "The Scripted Prescription" on the destructive effects of testing on young children, and others are only available in the printed issue.
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"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972
. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966
Thursday, April 10, 2008
This Month in Rethinking Schools
From Monty Neill at FairTest: