Waiver Mania

Seems So Innocent

With everything else going on with Obama and his unconstitutional tactics this one is flying under the radar but deserves a look. He's now moved into unilaterally writing the "No Child Left Behind" 9NCLB) laws on the books. What needs to be done is for the federal government to get its nose out of educating our children and let the 10TH Amendment reign in this area. Not too many people paid attention this past September when the Department of Education announced they were considering granting waivers to states so that they wouldn't have to meet the standards of the NCLB laws. First of all, the NCLB has proven to be a dismal failure. However, it should not be in the purview of any President to circumvent the law by granting waivers for anything. They are doing it with Obamacare, even though it was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread, and now this.

Here's what Obama said, "After waiting far too long for Congress to reform No Child Left Behind, my administration is giving states the opportunity to set higher, more honest standards in exchange for more flexibility. We're giving 10 states the green light to continue making reforms that are best for them." Since he had control of Congress the first two years why wasn't this done then instead of granting waivers now?

So lets further tether the schools to the whims of the power of the federal government? Or is he trying to further tether the teacher's unions to his campaign war chest? This is an election year you know.

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Davesworld 4 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

This is just one of many examples of the inevitable result of Congress's abdication of its responsibilities for lawmaking, or in other words, Big Government. When Congress gave the executive branch largely unbridled regulation authority they set things up so that the administration could operate in a pseudo dictatorial fashion.

In effect, there is no discernible difference between a law passed by Congress and a regulation enacted by some faceless, nameless, coterie of unelected bureaucrats. Congress is supposed to make the laws and only Congress has that authority. But because, Congress decided they needed so damn many laws and didn't want to be bothered with the details, much less have to run for re-election on their actions regarding these details, they allowed the executive branch to do their dirty work for them.

It's probably been happening since the first Congress, but it certainly has escalated in recent years.

So now, if the bureaucracy can make laws, they can also unmake laws. Couple that with an unethical administration and you get rewards for political friends and punishments for political enemies. Not at all what was intended when this country was formed.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Davesworld - There were no enemies, other than the British, when this country was formed. How easy people forget that. Now we have "political enemies lists."

TFP


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

The sad truth of the matter is that the NCLB as it was envisioned by Bush was never enacted by our all knowing Education Department at the federal level. The concept was reshaped and molded in such a way as to penalize the many for the shortcomings of the few. Bush intended to not let children fall through the cracks by reaching back and pulling them forward with some additional efforts and attention. In the end, the system simply stymied the progress of the entire group in order to allow the slower ones to catch up...a far cry from the original intent. From my perspective, the federal government needs to waive its entire effort in the education arena and give the control back to the state and local levels. On the basis of federal control, our only output is the dumbing down of our own society slowly over time. If we want to excel in education, state and local control is truly the answer. Oh, and you are so right on the "waivers". If alaw requires waivers, then maybe it should not have been a law in the first place. How would we feel if these were "pardons" that were being handed out? WB


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Wayne - The state and local level is exactly where the educational systems need to be. The NEA thinks otherwise because they are the lobbyists rather than the educators.

TFP


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

In this state, they teach to the test. They memorize the test and ignore making sure that the child understands what they are memorizing. My daughter is now home schooled for that and a few other reasons. The bullies were not stopped either. She finally learned how to divide when I took over. Before that, she would just tell me that her teacher said she had to do it her way. I got the Math for Dummies book for her and she is now mad at the teacher who made it so hard. Division is division, how many ways can you do it?


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teaches12345 4 years ago

THe NCLB act has failed in many areas. The schools are still pushing children forward with little more education than basic knowledge of each subject learned. I agree with Becky that children are being taught what is needed to pass the standardized tests. This also is what is shoved at them in college entrance exams -- standards of testing that do not reflect real learning.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

The federal government should get their hands off of the educational system and leave that to the state and local level. Everything they touch turns to garbage. Up useful and awesome.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

More Laws, and the only ones to suffer are THE CHILDREN! They need the government out of the Class rooms and in Detention! Always a Good and Enlightening read Froggy.

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