You know, I have never quite understood all the fuss about the No Child Left Behind act. Of course, I was spoiled... I had a great education. So, I already come at this from a privledged point of view.
But, as I read the news, I am finding out that hundreds of thousands of children around this country are NOT LEARNING TO READ. Yes... we are the strongest country in the world, yet 70% of inner-city fourth grade students can not pass a basic reading test. That is appalling! What are we accomplishing in this country if we aren't even teaching our children how to read???
For the last six months, I have been around people who were pushing that legislation because they believed in it with all their hearts. I have kind of followed along for the ride... because I didn't understand enough about the legislation. Then, a few days ago, I commented about the law to a fellow student. Said werf responded with disgust: "It's a crappy law."
Huh? Why is it a crappy law? This is what I understand is the purpose of the No Child Left Behind Act:
1) That schools be held accountable for student performance. That means, that schools should be encouraged to accomplish something.
2) Schools who wish to recieve federal funding should use researched and proven methods of teaching literacy.
3) Students should be tested regularly to make sure they are meeting basic literacy goals.
In this process, the federal government will provide funding to schools that reach basic literacy goals, and focus on helping schools that do not.
I'm just trying to figure out why it is so evil that we expect kids to learn how to read? Why is it a bad law that requires results out of our school system?
Oh... of course... the federal government should not be involved in education. Personally, if our education sector is perform as badly as it says it is, let's get the government involved. I'm a conservative, but if something ain't working, maybe sometimes the government should get involved.
That is all... for now.