Sunday, November 22, 2009

ribal Leaders Voice ESEA Renewal Ideas

Check out the rest of this article. The criticisms expressed consist of too much time spent on testing and the lack of time available for children to be creative. Leaders also mentioned a "need for teachers who are either Native American themselves or trained to work with this special population" and continued to stress the importance of Native American children being educated "in their own culture, heritage and language..." Doesn't sound like too much to ask.


By Alyson Klein | Ed Week
November 4, 2009

The U.S. Department of Education has taken its Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization tour all the way across the street: to the National Museum of the American Indian, literally across Independence Avenue from department headquarters in Washington.

An event today gave tribal leaders, in town anyway for a White House conference on Native American issues, a chance to share their ideas for renewing ESEA, of which the No Child Left Behind Act is the current version.

As you probably remember, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said recently that the NCLB "Listening and Learning Tour" has reached a new phase. Instead of just touring the country, Ed Department officials are reaching out to specific stakeholders to find out what they think needs to be in the new version of the law. Two assistant secretaries, Carmel Martin (planning, evaluation, and policy development) and Thelma Melendez (elementary and secondary education), spoke at the event, but they kept their comments brief and mostly listened.

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