Academic Atrophy

The Condition of the Liberal Arts in America's Public Schools

Council for Basic Education, edited by Claus von Zastrow with Helen Janc

March 2004, 40 pages. Published by the Council for Basic Education, 1319 F Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20004, 202-347-4171

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Initiated in response to the No Child Left Behind Act, this study reveals that the mandated focus on mathematics, reading, writing, science, and secondary social studies has lessened commitment to the arts, foreign languages, and elementary social studies, most notably in schools serving communities of color.