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NCLB and its Reauthorization

Posted Jan 07 2009 6:27pm

This was posted with permission from the TLN site. They are encouraging those who agree to help get this message out by passing it along to yourSenators and Congressmen.

I would be interested in your take? Do you agree with Anthony or disagree? Why?

Anthony Cody, Teacher Leaders Network member and science teacher extraordinaire who now serves as a science content coach in Oakland, has just published terrific op-ed pieces on No Child Left Behind in two prominent California newspapers.                            

In the San Jose Mercury News, Cody describes how “rigid school [NCLB] standards ignore reality of inner-city atmosphere.” An award-winning National Board Certified science teacher, he uses a poignant metaphor of growing apples in different types of soil as a means to better describe to California citizens the kinds of conditions in which teachers are teaching and children are learning. The lockstep, rigid formula of NCLB does not come close to matching the reality of what outstanding teachers like Cody face.
                           
In the Sacramento Bee, Cody warns that punitive labels work against teachers. He also has solutions (e.g., new assessments developed by outstanding teachers who can provide both educators and the public better information about which students and schools are doing better or not, why they are doing so, and what can done about it.) The current NCLB accountability system does little of the above. 

Cody's wisdom in these articles far outstrips those who tend to dominate the educational "airwaves." Listen to more of his insights in this conversation with John Merrow that was originally part of the "Teachers Take on NCLB" broadcast aired on The   NewsHourwith Jim Lehrer.
                           
Cody and his colleagues at the Teacher Leaders Network, all highly accomplished teachers, offer another set of unique insights about how NCLB has impacted their classrooms -- from inner-city Los Angeles to the rural Mississippi Delta -- in " The Reauthorization of No   Child Left Behind: Views from the Nation’s Best Teachers." Radiating from the report's text and embedded podcasts, the collective wisdom of these educators clearly demonstrates why it is time for America to listen to its best teachers for the improved achievement of all our students.

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