Tuesday, September 13, 2005

What do apartheid and big butts have in common?

They're in the titles of a couple of notable books that have piqued my interest today:

(1) Jonathan Kozol appeared on Air America Radio today promoting his new book, Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. There is little doubt that "the two Americas" is nowhere more present than in American public schools. I understand the diagnosis perfectly; I'm very interested, though, to read Kozol's prescription.

(2) Debra Craig blasts No Child Left Behind in Why is Teacher's Butt So Big? Says Craig:

While I believe the government had good intentions when they passed this bi-partisan legislation, the basic premise of NCLB is very flawed. It's truly absurd to think that EVERY child, regardless of race, background, motivation, biological ability, parental support, or lack of parental support is able to become "proficient" or even "advanced" on some artificial and arbitrary state assessment test given at the end of the school year. I don't know if there's anything we can say all people are proficient at except maybe breathing and even then, people with asthma might want to argue that statement.


Indeed.

I'm looking forward to reading both.

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