The Arts in Public Schools


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The Arts in Public Schools
In 2002, then President Bush signed the “No Child Left Behind” Act. This sweeping set of measures was supposed to reform American education by closing the tremendous achievement gap between rich and poor, urban and suburban students. At the center of the law was a provision that each student would be tested each year to measure proficiency in reading and math. Schools that fell below benchmarks in these two subjects would be punished (Dillon).
As a result of this law, school districts across the nation focused instruction primarily on just these two subjects, a practice called “narrowing.” But, there are unintended consequences when a previously rich curriculum is “narrowed” so that the majority of the school day...
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