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Many Children Left Behind How the No Child Left Behind Act Is Damaging Our Children and Our Schools

ISBN-10: 0807004596
ISBN-13: 9780807004593
Edition: 2004
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Description: A citizens guide to whats wrong with the nations radical federal education legislation-and a passionate call for change The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has become the most fiercely debated education issue of this election year, and it will be  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 9/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

A citizens guide to whats wrong with the nations radical federal education legislation-and a passionate call for change The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has become the most fiercely debated education issue of this election year, and it will be at the center of the national conversation about schools for the foreseeable future. NCLB, signed into law in 2002, purports to improve public schools-and especially the way they serve poor children-by enforcing a system of standards and accountability through high-stakes testing and sanctions. It is radically affecting the life of schools around the country. Many Children Left Behind is a devastating brief against NCLB. Far from improving public schools and increasing the ability of the system to serve poor and minority children, the authors argue, the law is doing exactly the opposite. Here some of our most prominent, respected voices in education-including Deborah Meier, Alfie Kohn, and Theodore R. Sizer-come together to show us how, point by point, 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 on public schools · How the focus on testing and test preparation dumbs down classrooms · How we need alternatives to construing the idea of accountability in terms of test scores and sanctions. Educators and parents around the country are feeling the harshly counterproductive effects of NCLB. This book is an essential guide to understanding whats wrong and where we should go from here.

Introduction
Preamble: A Reminder for Americans
NCLB's Effects on Classrooms and Schools
From "Separate but Equal" to "No Child Left Behind": The Collision of New Standards and Old Inequalities
A View from the Field: NCLB's Effects on Classrooms and Schools
NCLB in a Larger Context
NCLB's Selective Vision of Equality: Some Gaps Count More than Others
NCLB and Democracy
NCLB and the Effort to Privatize Public Education
Alternatives to NCLB
Leaving No Child Behind: Overhauling NCLB
Notes
Contributors

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