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I believe the fundamental flaw in NCLB is the fact that the objectives are totally off - numbers on basic proficiency instead of an authentic look at student success; therefore any attempt to reframe these policies will be off as well.
The "No behind left act" was designed to dismantle public education. It's mandates were not funded. The measurements it uses are suspect. Look at the recent 2007 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll:
67% of parents graded their local school an "A" or "B" in 2007
compared to 64% in 2006.
* 60% agreed "most public school students leave high school
adequately prepared for college."
* The "biggest problem" facing schools is lack of funding.
* 40% had a negative view of NCLB, while only 31% had a favorable
* Those claiming no opinion on NCLB declined from 69% in 2003 to
29% in 2007 with 27 of that 40 point change becoming negative.
* 48% are concerned that NCLB is reducing the teaching of
"science, health, social studies, and the arts."
* only 27% supported "finding an alternative to the existing
public school system."
* only 39% supported vouchers for private schools.
* two-thirds of the public and 70% of public school parents
opposed having "private profit-making corporations" run local schools.
* 59% of the public and 57% of public school parents opposed
having local mayors take over schools.
* 52% of parents felt "there is too much emphasis on achievement
testing" in 2007 compared with only 32% in 2002, and 16 of that 20 point
change previously felt it was "about right."
* 62% said that the current emphasis on standardized tests was a
"bad thing" because it encouraged teachers to teach to the tests. Only
39% of parents were concerned about this in 2003.
* 82% prefer a measure of student improvement, rather than whether
students pass a test, as the best way to measure school performance.
* 73% said they were "not willing" to have their child attend a
virtual high school over the internet.
* 85% said it was important for children to learn a foreign
language (but not necessarily in school).
* 79% think that English Language Learners should not have their
scores counted in measuring school performance until after they pass an
English proficiency test.
* 78% of public school parents said that Special Education
students should not be required to meet the same academic standards as
The time I have to spend on NCLB requirements drains me to no end! I want to focus on other aspects of leaning, not just worry about what is going to be on the next standardized test!
Just say NO to NCLB!
To me, its amazing to think that a well educated teacher practicing differentiated instruction followed by authentic assessments based on standards would have their classrooms ruined by NCLB. NCLB, although cumbersome and requiring more work than before, is not stopping my classroom from being one where learning is embraced and the child is readied for the future.
The major problem is the way results of the tests are interpreted by the political and media communities. A criterion referenced test is not a percentile test, etc .
If education fails in this country, it will not be the teachers who are dedicated and working overtime for the improvement of the students. It will be the fault of the political entities who wish to control education and issue negative comments through the media, finding fault with minor details.
As U.S. citizens, the teachers could certainly find fault with the way those in charge of the operation of this country have seen the decline of the freedoms and financial opportunities on which this nation's principles were established.
Enough is enough. NCLB is destroying public education at precisely the historical moment when we will need it to shine.
Congress needs to sober up and end this atrocity while we have time to recover.
- Frank Krasicki