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"This book is a clarion call for a public education that serves all children well and a reminder that our functioning democracy is at stake." —Publishers Weekly
"Many Children Left Behind does a chilling job of summarizing the case against the NCLB educational law and the policies put into place during George W. Bush’s administration. It reveals the fallacies, the hidden agendas and the distortions embedded in this act . . . This book marks an important stage in the dialogue about the future of American education." —NoChildLeft.com
|Preamble : a reminder for Americans|
|1||From "separate but equal" to "no child left behind" : the collision of new standards and old inequalities||3|
|2||A view from the field : NCLB's effects on classrooms and schools||33|
|3||NCLB's selective vision of equality : some gaps count more than others||53|
|4||NCLB and democracy||66|
|5||NCLB and the effort to privatize public education||79|
|6||Leaving no child behind : overhauling NCLB||101|
Posted June 20, 2009
"Many Children Left Behind: How the No Child Left Behind Act is Damaging Our Children and Our Schools"--the title says it all. This is a compelling book. Parents, teachers, future teachers, professors, and graduate students (like me) should read this book and write your congressman. You will want to after reading this. An assembly of essays in language the layman can understand, but research-based for the educators, this is an easy and quick read. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book, "The biggest problem with the NCLB Act is that it mistakes measuring schools for fixing them" (Darling-Hammond, p. 9). I want this on a bumper sticker.
It was a little disheartening that I found 8 typos, left out words, or grammatical errors in a book about education. And the book was edited by two principals! Nevertheless, the content of the book is excellent. I showed this book to my professor and he immediately wrote down the title and ISBN number so he could order it.