Neglecting Failure: Ignoring the Need for “Help”

Jill P. Koyama

in Making Failure Pay

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780226451732
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226451756 | DOI:
Neglecting Failure: Ignoring the Need for “Help”

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The juxtaposition of the stated goal to fix failure and the daily actions in which failure was admittedly ignored illuminates the ways in which failure was made to matter through inactions. This chapter demonstrates that failure can be constructed through everyday actions. No Child Left Behind (NCLB), like all policy, has gaps of ambiguity—spaces in which actors can take “charge” and establish, for themselves and often others, elements of the policy that may or may not be in line with the initial stated aims of NCLB. Policy is made in many contexts by diverse actors, and supplemental educational services (SES) mandates link an increasing variety of public and private policy mediators, each of whom makes claim to policy authority. NCLB steers action toward school failure in a generic manner—i.e., local educational agencies, schools, and SES providers must do something about it—but what exactly they do is somewhat flexible.

Keywords: school failure; policy; educational agencies; charge; NCLB

Chapter.  8133 words. 

Subjects: Educational Strategies and Policy

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