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How NCLB Is Like A Russian Novel

By Alexander Russo — May 25, 2007 1 min read
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The big Time article on NCLB reauthorization (How To Fix NCLB) is a fun read, though it struggles hard to say much that’s new. It describes the law “astonishingly” ambitious and points out -- shouldn’t Toppo get royalties for this? -- that administrators and wonks like the law better than frontline teachers. There are also a handful of minor but annoying mistakes -- calling NCLB tests “high stakes,” for example, is a pet peeve of mine. (That’s not what high stakes really means.) But there are also some highlights, including an Ohio educator’s comparison of NCLB to a Russian novel: “it’s long, it’s complicated, and in the end, everybody gets killed.

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