Posted by: schooleducator | February 23, 2009

NCLB – More Than A Name

Let’s hope that Education Secretary Arne Duncan has more up his sleeve than a simple renaming of No Child Left Behind. The genesis of the law dates back to LBJ’s War on Poverty and aimed to pour dollars into under-served communities to bolster elementary and secondary education. Sadly, under President George W. Bush the law sunk into the pit of standardized testing. Public school districts, hamstrung by the pressure of the metric of NCLB, began to forsake inspired teaching for test prep, all in the hope of winning federal dollars. Of course, if the stakes of the game are set with raw numbers on tests, who can blame public school districts for shifting curriculum to match the ticket for money for their schools? After all, schools without adequate funding cannot provide signature programs for students. With his bounty of dollars from the stimulus package, Mr. Duncan must take the opportunity to launch an education revolution in America.

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