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ERIC Number: EJ854545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1710-2146
No Child Left Behind: The Emperor Has No Clothes
Johnson, Andrew
International Journal of Whole Schooling, v1 n1 p8-12 Sep 2004
In regards to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the emperor is not wearing any clothes. The author contends that this bill uses impressive sounding buzz words and phraseology with which one can hardly disagree, but in essence it offers no new innovations or does nothing to improve the fundamental quality of education. This bill is not based on educational research and research-based theory. Instead, it is an illusion built upon ideological fallacies, nested within the narrow confines of a parochial paradigm, and sprinkled with a lot of I-think-isms. Sadly, NCLB will ultimately cost a great deal of money to implement and enforce; money that could have been spent on things that really matter such as books, smaller class sizes, professional development, early childhood education, child care, and parenting education. And in the end, students, schools, and teachers will be worse off and education will have taken a giant step backwards. The author stresses that if people want fundamental change in the quality of education, then they need to take a qualitative look at the teaching methodologies and curriculum used in schools and classrooms and make changes in the way they do education. This bill does nothing to address the quality of education. NCLB does not change how people go about the business of educating children. Instead, it promotes a test-and-measure mentality that serves only to create winners and losers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001