Tuesday, April 18, 2006

NCLB: Increased segregation?

AP does a better job in this piece on NCLB.
Another unintended solution, experts say, is for schools to become less diverse.

"The really rich and ritzy suburbs that don't participate in any form of integration, that turn their backs on all efforts to admit minority kids or low-income kids into their first-rate public schools, those districts aren't going to suffer at all," said Jonathan Kozol, an educator and author of several acclaimed books on race and education.

"They're going to be rewarded for their selfishness. They're going to be rewarded for their racial insularity because they're not admitting any kids who are at any academic risk. They're not admitting any kids who had been previously studying, for perhaps the first six years of school, in a rotten, overcrowded school."
My opinion, as I've written before: NCLB is revolutionary piece of structural legislation, designed to (very) quietly install a form of corporate 'school choice', which will, yes, quite likely result in increased segregation.

NCLB is a whole bunch of other stuff as well. But the gist of it is that it's designed to satisfy a bipartisan corporate agenda, which is all about diverting a huge flow of public money into corporate coffers. This is about corporate interest trumping public interest. And once again, a reminder that this comes from the corporate side of the Democratic party as well. Not surprisingly, the DLC is a major cheerleader in support of NCLB, as I've written before.

On the other hand, I'm not happy with this misleading AP hit piece which highlights outrage at NCLB in all the wrong places. Hope to write about it later.