No Child Left Behind is now ten years old. What are your feelings about NCLB?
No Child Left Behind had good intentions. After ten years what are your thoughts and feelings about the success (or lack of) of NCLB?
There were good intentions behind NCLB, but there were unrealistic goals. The public has been tricked into thinking that our schools are failing and that high-stakes standardized tests are worth something more than the paper they are written on.
Good and timely question as NCLB is being shown the door. Unfortunately for our children, the accountability policies to follow will not be much better.
Yes, this is a very sore spot for me! and I will be Hubbing soon to share my own experience with NCLB.
I think the intent of President Bush was attempt to not let any child drop through the net of our educational system. By the time tha program reached its lowest level and the measurements were put in place, Bush would not have recognized it as his own. A concern for the education of all children turned into an ugly system which passed all children to the next level regardless of their ability to meet the requirements. The emphasis was on the attaining the goal relative to the numbers and not on the child who needed help. Are we really so stupid as a public to latch on to bandwagon programs that measure our success on the basis of false numbers at the expense of the education of a child I sincerely believe that Bush was concerned that the system was leaving too many children in the dust. His effort to reform that ended up in nothing more than a shift in the manner in which we registered the score. We buried failure to show success in terms of the educational program and the people who are responsible for carrying it out. Ultimately, the child remained the victim but those who get paid to educated the child remained protected. This was never the intent. This is exactly the reason that education should be a "local" issue and not a federal concern. Educaion does not need to be tainted by the political process and it most certainly is in today's world. WB
Looking at all the problems in Georgia with teachers helping the kids cheat to pass standardized tests. I think the intent was good, but it added pressures, for some to cheat, in order to keep the funding.
It's time to leave it behind and give the education system back to the state or maybe even to county level.
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