Melissa Mellor

Congressman Vows to Address the Whole Child as He Fixes NCLB

We want to thank Representative Dale Kildee (D-MI), a senior member of the House Education Committee, for writing a powerful opinion piece this week about the necessity of educating the whole child. ASCD educators from Michigan recently met with Rep. Kildee's office during ASCD's legislative conference. They advocated for a whole child approach to education during their visit, and Rep. Kildee's opinion piece shows that he listened.

In his blog post, Rep. Kildee asserts that as he and his colleagues work to improve the No Child Left Behind Act, "we must go beyond simply addressing the academic needs of our students; we must focus on the development of the whole child."

He describes the need for a well-rounded curriculum, safe and secure learning environments, quality after-school programming, and opportunities that expose high school students to challenging and engaging coursework that prepares them for postsecondary success. In support of this last point, Kildee shares his plan to reintroduce the Fast Track to College Act, which helps establish early college high schools and other dual-enrollment programs that enable high school students to earn an associate’s degree or up to two years of college credit at no cost to their families.

We will keep you updated on the ongoing efforts of Rep. Kildee and his colleagues to recognize that every child counts. Moreover, we will hold him to his promise to ensure that our education system focuses on the whole child so that our next generation has the necessary skills to succeed in our increasingly globalized and competitive world.

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