Essay on No Child By John Martin Luther King, Jr.

1311 Words Oct 19th, 2014 6 Pages
Nijala Sun is a teacher at Martin Luther King, Jr., High School in New York City. After teaching for several years she wrote the play titled “No Child…” The play is based on Sun 's 15 years of experience as a New York City public school teacher (Gutman). In "No Child" Sun provides social commentary on the “No Child Left Behind Act”. According to the U.S. Department of Education 's the federal NCLB Act was created to help aid disadvantaged students. NCLB Act supports standards-based education reform based on the premise that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education (U.S.D.E.). Under NCLB Act, schools were held almost exclusively accountable for the absolute levels of student performance. However, many times this is not the case. Sun uses setting, characterization, and narration in the play "No Child…" to critique the state of schools and the NCLBA. Sun 's use of setting allows the audience to understand the theme. The setting takes place at Malcolm X High School in the Bronx. The Bronx contains one of the five poorest Congressional Districts in the U.S. This informs the reader that because of the location these are underprivileged students. These students are struggling to survive and obtain the essential necessities in life. The Janitor states, “The building fallin’ apart, paint chipping, water damages, kids running around here talking loud like crazy folk, half of them is raising themselves” (Sun 18). Sun…

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