ERIC Number: EJ707115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 2
Through the Looking Glass How NCLB's Promise Requires Facing Some Hard Truths about Teacher Quality
Clearing House, v78 n1 p22 Sep-Oct 2004
Teaching is hard, no matter where someone teaches. But for teachers in schools beset by poverty who have to find ways to motivate, discipline, and (with any hope) educate students whose odds in life are stacked against them, teaching is extremely hard. It is not surprising, then, that any effort to place additional pressure on teachers, many of whom feel besieged, would be received less than warmly. If press reports are accurate, the new teacher quality requirements in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) have left many teachers feeling impugned. While policy wonks obsess over the details of the law and politicians jostle to assume the best political stance, teachers are left saddled with a confusing set of demands from their state and local school districts to comply with the law, all of which seems to have little to do with the children they are charged to teach.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Teaching Skills, Teacher Certification, Teacher Effectiveness, Poverty, Federal Government, Educational Quality, State Standards, Accountability, Teacher Attitudes
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001