Teachers can’t write off the “low” students and concentrate on the “high” kids under No Child Left Behind, writes Karin Chenoweth in the Washington Post. It’s the most eloquent argument for the federal law that I’ve seen.
More than 100 black and Latino principals and superintendents . . . say (NCLB) could be as significant as Brown v. Board of Education in its potential to widen opportunities for black and Latino students. With a nudge from the Education Trust, a group that helped draft and push for the law, the superintendents of color have signed a letter supporting provisions in the law on accountability.
. . . Those principals and superintendents believe that, at its heart, the No Child Left Behind Act represents the most powerful attempt ever to end the long-standing practice of triaging children into those who can be expected to learn a lot and those who can’t be expected to learn much.
The law simply declares that all children can learn a lot and that it is the job of adults to figure out how to teach them.
Read it all.