Who I am: Chris Lehmann
What I do: Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA (Opening 9/06).
What I did: Technology Coordinator / English Teacher / Girls Basketball Coach / Ultimate Coach at the Beacon School, a fantastic progressive public high school in Manhattan.
Email: chris [at] practicaltheory [dot] org.
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Jon Goldman was both my
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for my four years at
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Perhaps a more apt term
would be "altering
physics - two objects in
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Mark Ahlness about The Long Haul
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Chris, thanks. Pete is my
hero, and has been for a
while, but now that I'm
retired, after 31 years
Gary Stager about Saving Lives v. Changing Lives
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No need to worry about
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Thursday, January 25. 2007
Dan Meyer offers a very different take on NCLB. It's a powerful piece, and it deserves a read and a response. I have my own thoughts on NCLB, and a quick search on "NCLB" on Practical Theory displays a fair number of them, but I'm not sure I could I could provide the voice that Dan is looking for, but I've been fortunate enough to know and study under some much smarter people than me.
Back on July 17, 2003, I was in the School Law Institute at Teachers College, Columbia, and Thomas Sobol came and spoke about NCLB. He was kind enough to share his speech with me via email afterward (and I was lucky enough to take a ton of courses with him during my administrative certification process), and his words are more powerful and eloquent than mine could ever be. Sadly, his notes merely reference / mention the case study he spoke about that day, but the rest of his words are here below. Enjoy.
Remarks to the School Law Institute -- July 17, 2003 -- Thomas Sobol, Former New York State Education Commissioner and Christian A. Johnson Professor Of Outstanding Educational Practice
My topic today is the No Child Left Behind Act. A bi-partisan Congress and the President approved the act in January, 2002. Most observers regard it as one of the most important pieces of education legislation in many years. President Bush described his signing of the Act as the most significant educational event since the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education. The Act is sweeping in its aims and provisions. It contains hundreds of detailed pages; the table of contents alone runs to 29 pages. A year and a half later we are still trying to understand its many implications and effects. The Act includes provisions on such matters as the teaching of reading, family literacy, delinquency and dropout prevention, advanced placement programs, teacher training, civic education, the teaching of traditional American history, language instruction for immigrant students, charter schools, counseling programs, economic education, arts in education, women’s equity, environmental tobacco smoke, and school prayer. For our purposes today, however, we shall focus upon the Act’s core strategy of standards, testing, and accountability.
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Todays implementation of NCLB starts with NPLB(no parent left behind).To attempt to do one without the other is futile,redundant and insane.
Either we as a Nation want to right the injustices within our system or we do not. We need to become passionately patriotic about this issue as a Nation.
Why? Because nowhere in our history as a Nation has this goal become a necessity for SURVIVAL as a NATION.
We have reached a time when collateral damage left unattended for generations will cause our own demise
In simple words: No American family should be living in poverty; no child should be allowed to be "punished" for the "sins" of his/her parents. Take politics out of education.
give the best resources, teachers, and support to those who need it the most: our dis-enfranchised poor.
We need Political Leaders who have the courage, vision and
will to put an end to Poverty in our Country.For the firt time
in our history,I think that people are beginning to realize that only this change will allow our country to live out its founders dreams.
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"Establishing lasting peace is the work of education, all politics can do is keep us out of war"