Consensus Recommendations for a Well-Rounded Education
On July 29 at a policy briefing on Capitol Hill, National Council for the Social Studies joined ASCD and other education organizations in presenting "Consensus Recommendations for a Well-Rounded Education." The recommendations are a response to the continuing prioritization of reading and math over other subjects in the No Child Left Behind Act and in the Obama administration’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) blueprint and FY11 budget request.
The Administration's Blueprint for reauthorization of ESEA places civics, economics, geography, history, music, arts, foreign languages in to a funding bucket called "Well-Rounded Education." The idea is to have a bucket of funding for which all these subjects would be competing. Our position, with ASCD, Civic Mission of Schools, American Historical Association, National Coalition for History, and an impressive list of others, is that each discipline area requires its own dedicated funding, within which there will be competitive grants. We agreed, as a group of thoughtful educators, that all of the disciplines mentioned in the Blueprint, and adding Physical Education, are essential preparing the Whole Child for College, Career, and Citizenship. We do not agree to a scenario whereby disciplines are elbowing each other out of the way for funding.