Posts Tagged ‘No Child Left Behind’

‘No Child Left Behind’ Left Behind

December 9, 2015

'No Child Left Behind' Left Behind

Congress has finally flunked the “No Child Left Behind” law, which had been “socially promoted” for over a decade, much like its sponsor, George W. Bush. The Senate sent a new K-12 education bill to the Principal’s Office White House, where President Obama is expected to sign it.

The new bill continues massive annual testing and giveaways for the charter school industry, but now allows states to figure out how to fix their own “dropout factory” schools. As if. It also includes a piddling $250 million in early childhood education grant funding through the HHS Head Start Pre-K program, with review by the Department of Education.

More:

“‘No Child Left Behind’ Is No More,” Russell Berman, The Atlantic

“No Child Left Behind: An Obituary,” Cory Turner, NPR

“Senate scraps No Child Left Behind; education battle moves to states,” Maggie Severns, Politico

“ESEA reauthorization continues a long federal retreat from American classrooms,” Arnold F. Shober, Brookings

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What Did You Learn In School Today?

September 4, 2013

What Did You Learn In School Today?

Back-to-School Special

Diane Ravitch on No Child Left Behind:

“I just came to realize that what we got involved in and what I had been supporting was turning education into a desiccated, data-driven, anti-human activity and this would not encourage the love of learning.  It would kill it.”

— “How I Fell Victim for an Educational Fad,” Diane Ravitch, Big Think

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School Reform: From Crusade to Sales Pitch

April 24, 2012

School Reform: From Crusade to Sales Pitch

“… since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (which directed federal funds to low-income schools), the nation has made progress toward access and excellence. Too slowly, of course, but progress nonetheless (see Richard Rothstein’s March 8, 2011 analysis for the Economic Policy Institute). Ed reformers ignore the data, claiming that poor and minority children are no better educated now than thirty or forty years ago. In fact, progress has slowed only in the last decade, since No Child Left Behind was implemented and the reform agenda gained traction. Other factors may play a role, but the ed reformers certainly haven’t improved progress.”

— “Hired Guns on Astroturf: How to Buy and Sell School Reform,” Joanne Barkan, Dissent

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10 Years of No Child Left Behind

February 13, 2012

10 Years of No Child Left Behind

Ten years ago, President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act into law. Mr. Bush, a legacy student at Yale, the Harvard MBA who crashed the world economy, is a great belever in education.

NCLB has been one of the most effective “blame-the-victim” excercises in the history of federal intervention. Schools that face the biggest challenges are wiped off the face of the earth, as if this eliminates their problems. States compete with each other to lower standards so more schools can be judged “adequate.”  At ten years old, NCLB enters the 5th Grade. Almost anything is smarter than this 5th grader.

President Obama is allowing some states the chance to get out from under NCLB, but that won’t help. What’s really needed: government coordination at all levels to advance the education of America’s children.

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‘Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education’

October 25, 2010

Teaching and Choice Are Undermining Education

“Teacher evaluation is a red herring, a diversion. A diversion intended to take our glance away from the poverty and racial isolation in which these students live. It salves the conscience of the billionaire boys club and enables them to blame hard-working teachers for the poverty and inequality that mars our society and hurts children.”

— Dr. Diane Ravitch, September 24, 2010

” … the CREDO study … evaluated student progress on math tests in half the nation’s five thousand charter schools and concluded that 17 percent were superior to a matched traditional public school; 37 percent were worse than the public school; and the remaining 46 percent had academic gains no different from that of a similar public school. The proportion of charters that get amazing results is far smaller than 17 percent.

–“The Myth of Charter Schools,” Diane Ravitch, New York Review of Books

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