After two prime-time references to NCLB in December, I haven’t seen another TV reference to the law.
But on a stage in Washington this week, an actress will portray life in a New York City high school during the NCLB era. The one-woman show—called “No Child ... "—is a fictionalized story of the performer’s experience working in a Bronx high school. The 70-minute show centers around a teacher trying to direct a play. But it raises questions about who should be held accountable for students’ learning. You can watch an excerpt below. Buy your tickets here.
Meanwhile, education wonks are debating whether NCLB has narrowed the curriculum. Swift & Change Able and eduwonk say it hasn’t. The Core Knowledge blog and eduwonkette say it has. Read the comments on eduwonkette and eduwonk to find teachers’ perspectives that NCLB is narrowing the curriculum and dumbing it down. The John Thompson on eduwonk is a frequent commenter for NCLB: Act II. He can talk policy like a wonk and still make time to play hoops with his students.
A version of this news article first appeared in the NCLB: Act II blog.