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Event examines No Child Left Behind legislation

Oct. 16, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Two Western Michigan University education professors will take a closer look at federal No Child Left Behind legislation on Thursday, Oct. 18, as part of the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society's fall season.

Drs. Paul Farber and Allison Kelaher-Young, professor and associate professor, respectively, of teaching, learning and educational studies, will be featured speakers in the Ethics Center presentation "Rethinking No Child Left Behind" at 5:30 p.m. in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center. Their talk is free and open to the public.

No Child Left Behind is the name given to federal legislation passed in 2002 that, among other things, requires states to establish accountability measures aimed at raising levels of achievement for all students in core academic skills. The law, which has generated a tremendous amount of controversy and has had considerable impact on public education, now faces reauthorization by Congress.

In the presentation, the speakers will attempt, first, to frame current debates about NCLB in relation to larger issues involving public education and then focus particular attention on the implications of NCLB with regard to the practice of teaching and its impact on student learning.

Farmer has co-edited two books, "Schooling in the Light of Popular Culture" and "Imagining Higher Education: The Academy in Popular Culture" and published articles in several journals. Kelaher-Young serves as her department's coordinator of secondary education programs. Her recent publications include contributions to the edited volumes "Teaching with Joy: Educational Practices for the 21st Century" and "A New Youth?: Young People, Generations and Family Life." She has also published in a number of professional journals.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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