Just two reasons to hate NCLB

Harpers Ferry

In a cliché that defines No Child Left Behind: NCLB left the disadvantaged children of the United States behind.  The sweeping legislation did not account for cost of implementation, the exogenous factors of student life, student transfer rates (overcrowding and discrimination), and the capacity of states to create and implement the plans of adherence. As … Continue reading

What is FedTEP?

Teacher tenure increasingly takes the blame for failing to close the achievement gap at public schools throughout the county.  States granting tenure by the second or third year of on-the-job experience disadvantage themselves, students, schools, and districts.  Tenure needs to remain a goal of all teachers, enabling them to successfully enhance the performance of their … Continue reading

Death Panel for the Arts: Final Part

What happened during this nine-year battle is the interesting.  The NEA from 1982 to 1995 was granting individual artists in six different fields, “Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking/Drawing/Artist Books, Photography, Crafts, and Conceptual/ Performance/ New Genres.” (Dowley, p128)  But Congress, in upheaval from Mapplethorpe and Serrano eliminated funding for all visual and performance artists in 1995.  Section … Continue reading