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Document Number: 5058

Academic Atrophy: The Condition of the Liberal Arts in America's Public Schools - This report is based on a study of K-12 studentsí access to a curriculum in the liberal arts, especially in light of No Child Left Behind and state accountability requirements. The authors found strong evidence of growing commitment to mathematics, reading, writing, science and secondary social studies. They also saw evidence, however, of waning commitment to the arts, foreign language and elementary social studies, with the greatest erosion of the curriculum occurring in schools with high minority populations. (Claus von Zastrow and Helen Janc, Council for Basic Education, March 2004) The Council of Basic Education closed its doors in June 2004, therefore, ECS has provided an alternative link....

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