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Thread: schools/No Child Left Behind
03-30-2007, 10:32 AM #1jill pokrivkaGuest
schools/No Child Left Behind
>>I hate to tell you but they will not hold him back
>>even if you ask. The No Child Left Behind act has
>>upper hand in this. Children can now fail all
>>and still be moved on to the next grade.
>Um, I thought the point of not leaving them behind is
>NOT leaving them behind.
I don't know that No Child Left Behind is the sole
culprit in the problem of students being pushed ahead.
I know there are issues with funding and grants.
Schools have to pass the standardized tests to get
some of their funding. So there has been criticism
that the schools are simply preparing these kids to
know what they need to know for these tests and to
pass them. They're being taught to pas the tests, not
to learn in general. I believe No Child Left Behind
has good intentions and does work, hut can also
backfire in some ways.
Apart from standardized tests, a lot of schools simply
need to show that they have a good "success rate" with
studetns -- that their studetns are going up in grade
like they should. Then they get certan funding, and
of course they are giving the appearance that they are
a good school as the studetns are "passing" and moving
on consistently. Often that is not the case -- kids
are being pushed ahead simply to make the school look
good, and not "waste" extra time and resources on any
There was a very good special on 20/20 in January
called Stupid In America, and it talked a lot about
how American schools are essentially failing a lot of
kids. Here is a link if anyone wanted to read about
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