ERIC Number: EJ710996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-1
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Motherhood, Apple Pie, and Differentiated Instruction
VanSciver, James H.
Phi Delta Kappan, v86 n7 p534 Mar 2005
A good Little League baseball coach will analyze a pitcher's performance and develop an individual prescription based on that analysis. Just as all pitchers do not receive the same remedies from high-quality coaches, the author believes, neither should all students. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) stands as the imposing batter to many teachers and students in our schools. Teachers want to instruct and students want to achieve. The voices they hear sound like encouragement. "Promote higher standards," offers the consultant. "Don't fail them!" yells the research. "Try harder!" chant public education's critics. But, like the empty advice shouted at our pitcher, these cliches are not helpful at all. The author explains why in this article.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Individualized Instruction, Public Education, Academic Achievement
Phi Delta Kappa International, Inc., 408 N. Union St., P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789. Web site: http://www.pdkintl.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001