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ERIC Number: EJ769467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Preserving Our Schools and Our Democracy
Starnes, Bobby Ann
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v72 n6 p4-8 Feb 2007
The Kingdom Come School in Linefork is now a public school, but it began its life in 1924 as part of the settlement school movement that was all the rage at the beginning of the twentieth century. The school was founded by Hiram Frakes, a methodist minister who wanted to create a community that valued education, and promoted opportunities for its children. This article describes the beginnings and the possible ending of this little school, as it discusses the negative impact the No child Left Behind Act has on these tiny schools located in remote communities. The author argues that it does not really matter if research supports smaller schools. She maintains that the federal government and other proponents of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act seem only interested in research when it supports their points. Starnes makes the point that if people in the U.S. Department of Education were really interested in research-based decision making--and if they were really interested in leaving no child behind--consolidation would be the last thing on their minds. She further argues that individuals' voices count for something--that citizens can and must be decision makers, not only as part of some massive red state/blue state voting bloc, but in their communities. The author continues her argument for small community schools by pointing out that when communities are rendered powerless about something as fundamental as the education of their children, as the citizens of Linefork have been, there is real danger not only to the education of the children, but also to the basic democratic principles that are meant to guide the nation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001