Every once in awhile, President Obama gets one right!
No Child Left Behind, first implimented by George Bush as he stood as governer
of Texas, improved literacy levels among fourth graders by 30% in the state, it
also lowered crime rate among young adults. Although it was unsuccessful on a
national level, it was on the right track with good motives. With some reform,
not abolishment, it would improve public schools.
NCLB has done more to improve schools than any other policy (state or federal)
in 2 decades. It IS time for a "tweak", as was planned with the
reauthorization that became possible in 2007, and which original implementers
realized would need to happen.Congress can't get it done, and that
is the problem. The good news is, they didn't just throw out NCLB as soon as
they had the chance, because they also know it is the first real accountability
for schools and it has resulted in sweeping changes in districts across our
nation that have improved teaching and learning for kids.The popular
response to NCLB has been predictable - that people hate it - but only if you
don't understand it and what it has done for kids. People generally hate
accountability and it has finally required schools to be accountable and change
what is not working or give parents options.The school choice
provisions in NCLB are a key part of the establishment's hatred of it - they
require that parents can get tutoring from an outside vendor or transfer at the
district's expense if the district school their child attends is lousy.
Districts HATE that, but it works.
'NCLB has done more to improve schools than any other policy (state or federal)
in 2 decades.' - Seek to understand | 8:06 a.m. Sept. 23, 2011
Example? Because you cannot just SAY something is so. To be valid,
you would have to SUPPORT a fact, not just claim one. Let's look at
the RESULTS of 'No Child Left Behind'...*''Run like the mob': US
school cheating scandal details emerge' - By DORIE TURNER - AP - Published by
MSNBC - 07/16/11'A new Georgia state report details the nation's
largest-ever cheating scandal...(sic)Administrators pressured to maintain
high scores under the federal No Child Left Behind law punished or fired those
who reported anything amiss and created a culture of "fear, intimidation
and retaliation," Great 'success' story by Republican
leadership.I thought Republicans wanted LESS goverment? But the pass
'No Child Left Behind' & the Patriot Act when they controlled the Senate
House and Presidency from 2000-2006.In light OF the massive Georgia
cheating scandal that RESULTED from 'No Child Left Behind', I support Obama in
this.Anyone who does not can explain why they SUPPORT something that
has such a negative effect on our school system.
PaganIts not that the republicans want less federal influence in
their lives its that the 'progressive' republicans like Bush that desire to
expand the power of the federal government. Just like the progressive democrats
they will stop at nothing to give away individual freedom for the collective
power.Schools should be under the direction of the states, not the
emperial federal control.
besides...When dealing with Obama one always has to ask the question, what does
this have to do with unions? How will unions benefit from the Change that Obama
proposes? Remember who pays the bills for obamas elections. Remember the
KM, Despite the claim of 'conservative' and 'progressive'
Republicans, that party voted in George W. Bush... twice. While the Republican party ruled the House, Senate and Presidency, almost
exclusive goverment control from 2000-2006 they doubled the national debt,
unemployment, started two wars, expanded goverment authority with TSA, Patriot
Act, TARP and 'No Child Left Behind.' and you want to compare them
to the ficticious 'progressive' democrats? Of which, you can give no
example. It is the Republican voting record that makes me vote
Democrat. But, after living in Utah, I realize it's residents will
justify voting Republican, not mattter... what. They. Do.
It doesn't happen often, but I agree with Mr. Obama on this point. Unlike other posts above, however, control of schools should be local, not
state and definitely not federal. A recent article in the Economist highlighted
the fact that throwing money at schools does not provide a good education. No
nation on earth spends more per capita on its students than the US. Yet, our
students rank 17th overall in reading, 32nd in math and 23 in science. This is largely an issue of who is controlling the school. Right now,
state and federal mandates are the controlling force and we continue to dumb
down the standards. One of the most important factors in successful schools is
demonstrably local control -- when parents, teachers, and administrators set the
Metamora, you hit the nail on the head. If your statement about the Us spending
more on students than any other country is accurate, then why aren't we top of
the list? Lack of accountability! My gripe with NCLB is that while it made
teachers, schools, and districts be accountable,(not a bad thing) it ignored any
parent or student involvement. I can teach, reteach and guide my students til
I'm blue in the face, but if they don't care, or want to learn, according to
NCLB it was my fault. Personal responsibility of students and parents is still
paramount in education. Teaching is NOT easy. (anyone who says differently is
selling something) However, it is made infinitely easier when parents, students
and teachers work collaboratively.
Hawko:Sounds like you are on the front lines! Kudos to you for
braving the classroom!I'm essentially quoting from the article in
the Economist regarding the US spending the most. I trust this journal so I
suspect it is accurate.
PaganYou and I and all the rest of WE Americans are pawns in some
sort of political/banking conglomerates game. If WE didn't vote for Bush, then
who was the alternative? Gore or Kerry. Need I say more?
Ted Kennedy and another Democrat actually wrote the bill and it was passed
bipartisan. Bush happened to enter the WH to sign it that year. Why is it always
Bush and republican bashing when talking of No Child? If you aren't
willing to take on the challenge why go into teaching? It's been around for
years and so many new young teachers are frustrated when there was no surprise
this is how things are.
Good for Obama that's rolling back "No Child Left Behind".The scope of this GOP power grab is unprecedented. Just a few weeks ago, it
was unthinkable that Republicans would actually try to rig the Electoral
College. Now we know their arrogance knows no bounds. This is Republican
legislators declaring that they don't like how we've elected our presidents for
the last 150 years, so they're changing the rules for no other purpose than to
stack the deck in favor of Republicans. They're trying to choose our President
in a smoke-filled room instead of out in the open in free and fair elections.
America needs to fight back against the Republican legislators pushing this
scheme, to protect the fairness and integrity of our elections. If Republicans
in other key swing states copy the proposed law in Pennsylvania, we'll have a
system where President Obama could sweep most of the largest, critical swing
states in the country (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and Michigan) and the
Republicans would "earn" a net gain of 20 or more electoral votes.
The sponsors of shameless Koch Brother's GOP schemes like these won't go
unpunished!. Now we know their arrogance knows no bounds. My