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Parents are becoming more selective about the kind of schools they want their children to attend, and many are worried that the federal No Child Left Behind Act is stifling the development of critical and creative-thinking skills, according to a survey.

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SchoolMatch—an educational research firm based in Westerville, Ohio, that rates K-12 schools and helps parents who are moving to new jobs—receives data from more than 1.1 million parents monthly. It used that data for a recent survey that found that 68.3 percent of parents preferred small or very small classes for elementary school pupils.

In addition, the survey found that more than 4,700 parents indicated that the NCLB law’s focus on math and reading was hurting the development of critical thinking, citizenship knowledge, and art education.

Vol. 24, Issue 36, Page 12

Published in Print: May 11, 2005, as Selecting Schools

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