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I (taught)worked in the commonwealth of Kentucky during the dawn of KERA (reform ed), similar to the 'no child left behind' agenda; neither impress me as one wishes to eliminate writing portfolios yet "teach the test" and the other is mired in politics and 50 disconnected standards. KERA came from California until the mastermind of the reform left Kentucky. Sound familiar? Art and travel seem to be a common ground for education. The cheaper of the two is art and the first to be eliminated; travel, well they use busses... No child left behind failed my exchange student I hosted as Gulf War II erupted in '03. He returned for "college" in South America (now fluent in English) when my county system refused to issue a senior year transcript which he needed to enter agricultural school. He ranked 34th in the senior class, grade wise. So he returned to high school in Argentina (no stigma of failing a year and sitting in underclassmen class) for another term. Juan's school was like FAMILY, nothing like US public education. He taught them a lot of his expeience with 'NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND'. One excuse from the principal for not issuing a SENIOR transcript was he lacked an English Literature credit having earned his senior Shakespeare credit in Spanish! "We don't count foreign languages". Incredulous, I know. Juan's parents were not laughing then. Spanish speaking locals are a common experience these days in Kentucky although they are not from Argentina. Juan's parents are laughing now! They have lived and worked in Mexico. Few of us have. But we all have computers.
Can we say we have enough Arabic linguists in Washington DC? And after the 1960s' Cold War! The Russian language software needs a spell check in the state department. As with Hillary and Russian translation we continue to send signals to the world, (RESTART EDUCATION) just as Kentucky schools believe,"...that SPELL CHECK will solve everything". Software's solution (when used) justifies all the computers in our schools and struggling test scores. I suppose OVERCHARGED students may text their way through college with poor writing skills and a blackberry in one hand. And as John McCain, who said a mouthfull, when he looked at our new president during the "debates" and pointed to Senator Obama and called him THAT ONE, I say rename No Child Left Behind to THAT ONE CHILD SHALL LEAD US...through REAL education, arts, sciences and technology. Hold EVERY child up to a higher US education norm, not 50 competing "markets" and Senate battlegrounds. As for America, I have learned that America starts at the tip of Argentina and through Mexico toward the Arctic and Canadian Provinces...that's what I see when some politician says God Bless America. Art helped me to think like this. I practice what I teach just as I expect an elected leader to do so for US.
Perhaps not a new name, I like the idea that no child be left behind, no child should be left behind. What we should do is to take a another look at the concept. Standardized test are long and extremly stressful. To hold a child back in a grade just because of one test is wrong. Take a look at the child's perfomance through the school year, look at all his test and then decide. Also the standardized test could be broken up and perhaps take one part of the test a week, not have it from 4 to seven days in a row all day only brakeing for 5 to 10 minutes between sessions and then for lunch. The children aren't even allowed up for the bathroom. The worse part is that in third grade the children don't pass the test they don't pass third grade and in high school they don't graduate. So then they get left behind any way. So the name No Child Left Behind does not fit the plan.
MOSCOW (AFP) – Russian media has been poking fun at US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she gave her Russian counterpart a "reset" button with an ironic misspelling.
Clinton's gift to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at their meeting in Geneva on Friday evening was meant to underscore the Obama administration's readiness to "to press the reset button" in ties with Moscow.
But instead of the Russian word for "reset" (perezagruzka) it featured a slightly different word meaning "overload" or "overcharged" (peregruzka).
Yes, "no child left behind" needs a new name. Just don't let the Feds name it. Are you telling me (?) -- no one in Washington knows how to properly speak Russian? Personally, I'd like to see less Federal/State control of schools. In the past, with funding came big brother's hand. So- now that big brother is broke, how about removing the cookie cutter nationalized education tactics?
Dear Fellow Educators,
Indeed we need a new name and a new law! I work as the only couselor in a small urban, very multi-cultural elementary school. Our students have overwhelming social/emotional issues and needs. Many of them have never even traveled away from this town. All counselors in our district have been tasked with coordination of testing, which leaves no time to adequately address the urgent emotional needs of our students. I constantly wonder why grants are being written to contract with outside mental health agencies when many licensed, professional counselors work in our schools. The need to hire dedicated testing coordinators or the need to actually eliminate some of the testing altogether is never addressed. I routinely work from 7:00-7:30 a.m. and rarely leave before 6:00p.m. I work many nights until 7 and 8 because I love my job and I love the students, but I see far too many children being left behind than not. Forty years ago when I was in elementary school we used our imaginations and our brains, which seems to lacking in our schools today, despite the more advanced society in which we live. I work with burned-out, over-tasked teachers, who seem to work in a state of paranoia. I believe in the arts and I believe in creativity. I endeavor to use art, music, and bibliotherapy when I have the opportunity, and those opportunities seem to become more rare each day. We desperately need education and reform in this country! Our priorities are far, far out of line. With greatest respect for all educators who strive to make a difference.
NCLB has indeed left out something very important in the children's education, their imagination and the Arts. While the classroom teachers are busy testing the students there is very little time left to teach and that 'teaching time' is taken up teaching to the test. Many times I have has teachers tell me, " I don't have time to do the creative teaching anymore". The students are not given a chance to think critically, and creatively by problem-solving through the use of the Arts. If we keep denying creative thinking in the classroom, where is the next generation of inventors going to come from? Who is going to design the better aerodynamic cars, the eye pleasing eco-friendly house, or the prosthesis an amputee needs to live a better life? The time to start teaching the students problem-solving thinking skills is not when they are in high school but in the early elementary grades by integrating the math, and the sciences with the Arts.
Also not every student is academically oriented. Not everyone does well with testing on a paper. We as teachers are encouraged to teach to the multiple intelligences of students , then why don't they test the students this way too. After all if our performance as teachers is going to be evaluated by the students score on a test, then test the students in a well rounded way too. Don't put the low scores totally at our door step when the system has tied our hands behind our back.
NCLB as a name suggests tremendous intent and is inherently negative in it's suggestion that we are attempting to fix what is broken. The model therefore cannot avoid being less than sound. We as parents and educators need to connect with children as human beings and allow them to connect with the natural world around them, EARLY and OFTEN. These connections will facilitate curiosity, compassion, and the intense NEED to learn and solve problems.
START FROM SCRATCH! I say keep the intent, phrase the name positively, and inject huge doses of logic and common sense. We are, afterall, people working with people. Is it possible that we have lost touch with ourselves?
I think It should say no child left behind because it help for no child left behind in the grade level
I was surprised by the results of the poll so far. Rebranding or renaming does not make a skunk a petunia, no matter how elegant the verbiage. No Child Left Brainy - No Teacher Left Standing, while two of my favorite takes on this disingenuous legislation don't go far enough in expressing the frustration felt by both student and teacher alike. Renaming isn't the answer! Rethinking, retooling, revising, reforming,or repealing this repugnant legislation might be. Accountability is extremely important, but accountability for its own sake is missing the point and becomes part of the problem rather than a solution. Don't rename the legislation, reform it or drop it.
It needs a BURIAL. If you want the puppy to grow, you don't MEASURE the puppy, you FEED it. Using our state's money to test the children is a travesty ... bring back physical and arts education, invest in good teachers and energetic administrators, and let teachers and students do what they do best.
Call a horse, a horse. Call it No Child Left Untested.