Congress plans to change No Child Left Behind law
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#1 Mar 18, 2007
i think this is a perfect law
#2 Mar 18, 2007
My wife is a 20 year plus educator. She and I are disgusted by the one size fits all attitude. Every student is unique and can not be expected to perform at the exact same level as any other student. There are varying levels of learning ability, environmental (family involvement) discrepencies, and even a vast range of mild to severe mental handicaps that affect test scores. Not to mention English as a second language students. We don't understand why these concepts are completely ignored. This ignorance only causes educators and their students added stress and feelings of failure. And penalizing low scoring schools that are usually in lower income and depressed areas is exacerbating the problem and strikes us as completely rediculous.
#3 Mar 18, 2007
The reasons these concepts are ignored is a result of the Bushite philosophy. Family Bush members receive profits from various software programs.
In Florida, those children who have learning disabilities like my sons fail the system. They may do the required classes, but classes and grades mean nothing to the state now. A student can have honor level grades, and they fail tests hence they do not graduate. The FCAT does not match the curricula taught unless the FCAT is taught and in some cases it is. The schools want the money so forget that each student is individual. I allowed my son to drop out because he knew he could not pass the FCAT. Juvenile crime rose when FCAT came because these kids were labeled as failures so they spend their youth in juvey and get their GED instead.
#4 Mar 19, 2007
I seem to recall that several years ago that Florida passed a law that graduating high school seniors were required to read at an 8th grade level... no wonder our educational system is in such disrepair with requirements like that.
Maybe we should just roll the requirements back about 50 years, to a time when a high school diploma really meant something. Update the information taught, but keep the requirements?
#5 Mar 19, 2007
I think a few of them need to be left behind.....
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