Mr. Zhao has a unique perspective regarding the effect of NCLB on the American education system. He strongly advocates for the encouragement of teaching innovation and creativity in the schools. I have included a video on the Creativity page that I encourage you to watch. For those of you that have enjoyed books by Daniel Pink and Thomas L. Friedman, I recommend this to your reading.
If the United States is to be competitive in the 21st Century, we will absolutely need to encourage creative and innovative thinking and move away from the current assembly-line approach to education. With the effects of NCLB continuing to move education in that direction, music and the other arts teachers will absolutely need to carry the banner for the encouragement of creative and innovative thought.