Anyone who cares about public education in this country, please read this piece in the Washington Post that was written by Diane Ravitch, formerly a major supporter of No Child Left Behind. I could quibble about some of her specific suggestions and about the missing focus on elementary education, but the overall force of what she has written is wonderful to read, especially coming from someone who commands so much respect and has, she declares, seen education so differently in the recent past. Ravitch admits she got it wrong and we, as a nation, got it wrong, and she says what we need to do now to correct the mistake and go forward in the right direction. Don’t miss this one. It’s here.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, has also submitted comment to the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee on the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known since 2002 as No Child Left Behind. You may find and read his comment here.
Thanks for this link to Jan Resseger at the Justice & Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ whose Web page on the subject of the reauthorization is here. Included on the page is a link to the Blueprint itself as presented by the U.S. Department of Education.
Note: It seems Jan Resseger’s article is no longer available on the UCC site (September 19, 2012).