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ERIC Number: EJ795161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
No Child Left Behind as an Anti-Poverty Measure
Anyon, Jean; Greene, Kiersten
Teacher Education Quarterly, v34 n2 p157-162 Spr 2007
This article argues that, although No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is not presented as a jobs policy, the Act does function as a substitute for the creation of decently paying jobs for those who need them. Aimed particularly at the minority poor like its 1965 predecessor, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, NCLB acts as an anti-poverty program because it is based on an implicit assumption that increased educational achievement is the route out of poverty for low-income families and individuals. NCLB stands in the place of policies like job creation and significant raises in the minimum wage which--although considerably more expensive than standardized testing--would significantly decrease poverty in the United States. The authors demonstrate that there are significant economic realities, and existing public policies, that severely curtail the power of education to function as a route out of poverty for poor people. They contend that the weakened role of education in upward mobility vitiates any premise that better scores on achievement tests, and increased education, will secure for low-income folks the jobs and income they need.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001