ERIC Number: EJ695458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Placism in NCLB--How Rural Children Are Left behind
Equity and Excellence in Education, v38 n3 p211-219 Aug 2005
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has been proclaimed by some as a reform that will improve education for students from all backgrounds, in all locations. The main components of NCLB, however, are biased against students in small and rural schools. This bias, called "placism," discriminates against people based on where they live. This rural incompatibility is evident in NCLB's accountability provisions, sanctions, and highly qualified teacher provisions. Problems in these areas are the result of ignoring, or distorting, the realities of rural schooling. The accountability provisions are constructed so that small schools will frequently be incorrectly labeled as failing. The sanctions, inappropriate for rural areas, fail to provide solutions to existing rural challenges. The "highly qualified" teacher provisions make it more difficult, not easier, for rural districts to attract and retain competent teachers. Unless these injustices are corrected, NCLB will serve to decrease educational quality for rural students.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Quality, Rural Areas, Sanctions, Accountability, Rural Education, Rural Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001