ERIC Number: EJ707117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 19
No Child Left behind and the Insomnia Plague
Mathis, William J.
Clearing House, v78 n1 p30 Sep-Oct 2004
In 1974, Ronald Reagan called the United States a "shining city on a hill." A decade later, Mario Cuomo responded by speaking to us about another city that was not on a shining hill. His "Tale of Two Cities" speech, delivered at the 1984 Democratic National Convention, was not only moving but also haunting. In this other city he spoke about, children sleep in cars, live in dysfunctional families, and run on sensuous little streets where yellow smoke rises and reeks. In this other city, children are left behind. Yet the federal government requires schools alone to fix the effects of poverty and deprivation. Although such a task is well beyond schools' abilities (Rothstein 2004), the government requires that schools be labeled, if they fail to accomplish this task. Consequently, misperceptions that schools have squandered great and vast resources go unchallenged.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Economically Disadvantaged, Poverty, Federal Government, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Social Responsibility
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001