As NCLB is replaced with CCSS ( Common Core State Standards) it may be a good time to analyze reading pedagogy. With a sharpened focus on the 2nd and 3rd grades in what ways will CCSS change reading instructional practices? Critical thinking was decimated after the 2002 adoption of No Child Left Behind. The arts are seen as the domain of liberals yet there is a link between increased cognitive processing and arts, music, and creative thinking. I suppose the current lawyers in charge of educational policy never heard of a “Renaissance Man”.
Looking back at the history of NCLB there are some familiar names to politicos- Representative John Boehner stands out in particular. Boehner went against the Republican conservative coalition in the House and aligned with then President George W. Bush to draft key portions of NCLB’s legislative mandates (Bankole,Williams 2008). On the other side of the aisle the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and the 2000 candidate for Vice President Senator Joseph Lieberman worked to get Democrats to support the overarching legislation. On January 8th 2002 a bill became a law and NCLB was in effect. Never in 30 years had ESEA been renamed and not authorized by the government. The dream of dismantling all “welfare” and “entitlement” programs was finally coming true. Unfortunately the first victims were students in poverty and attendees of Title I schools. The true aims of “legislative councils” and think tanks are diametrically opposed to freedom of thought, the sanctity of one’s own mind that they are Orwellian in nature. As America lurches towards a dystopic future we can be assured that personal consciences within the educational pedagogue community were affected by the harsh implementation of a radical agenda designed to corporatize all facets of public life and tighten the noose of government control of personal freedom while abolishing public services and diluting a cooperative mentality amongst the citizenry.
Indeed Mr. Jefferson and Seneca would be appalled.