Monday, June 11, 2007

No Child Left Behind Doesn't Work

Hillary Clinton and I agree on one thing. No Child Left Behind does not work.

Testing, testing, and more testing. Before that come review, review, and more review.

Those of us on the front line of education have another phrase for it. If you asked anyone involved with education, they will know this phrase.

It is called "teaching the test."

Too much time is spent preparing for these mandated tests. As a result, less time is spent teaching material that a student might actually need and use in their lives.

As I stated earlier in this post, Hillary and I agree on this fact. However, that is a far as the agreement goes.

She says "No Child Left Behind" and its emphasis on testing puts American students in danger of losing their creative edge.

"I think that we are in danger of narrowing the curriculum and leaving children behind. That's the very opposite of what they said would happen."

Loss of creativity. That is the first time I have heard that.

2 comments:

Angela said...

I'm moving my content over to the new blog. Wanted to let you know. :)

Texas Truth said...

angela: I will and have checked it out. I have also change the link to you on my blog.