Friday October 5, 2012, 10:47 am
When GW Bush first introduced No Child Left Behind, I supported the idea. It sounded sensible, and the statistical evidence he presented from his implementation of that program as Governor of Texas certainly appeared to demonstrate that the program was working well there. I did not realize what Bush and his minions were doing to students in Texas to get those statistics. It seems nothing has changed there.
Friday October 5, 2012, 12:53 pm
This kind of issue is also why OSEP has mandated reporting by states of suspensions and expulsions of special education students in recent years, why Duncan has graduation data revised to be based on students who started high school (not just those who began senior year) and why many states structure the metrics they use for incentives (e.g., extra funding) to adjust/exclude data created via getting rid of students.
Friday October 5, 2012, 2:14 pm
My oldest son and his wife are both teachers in Texas. He high school biology, she 1st. I feel so sorry for my daughter-in-law sometimes. No Child Left Behind is nothing but a joke which prevents teachers from teaching!
Friday October 5, 2012, 3:52 pm
Thanks Tom for the post. I too thought at first the No Child Left Behind was a great idea but no more. The actions by Garcia seems to be typical of Texas Republicans. Read and noted
As a Texan, and a teacher, the program sucks! We need to allow teacher to teach, not play political games. Issue the block grants, keep political thinking out of the schools, let teachers do the work. Things are different now, we have more students, fewer that are prepared for school, more work for teachers, and still the job gets done, when teachers are allowed to do what they do best, teach.
Friday October 5, 2012, 9:34 pm
My sister retired after 27 years of teaching because she could no longer tolerate the conditions imposed under No Child Left Behind. There was no creativity allowed, just teach the test. And those most at risk were quickly booted into an area that was not tested. Our kids are not getting an education under this edict.
Friday October 5, 2012, 10:06 pm
When it comes to students, and indeed adult employees, a good comprehensive education is the foundation for today and for tomorrow, and the day after that!
One of the many things that I am trained in is employment counselling. Too often I hear reports of employers saying there is nobody with the skills they need so they have to go outside the country to hire skilled workers. Why is that? Is the education system so antiquated that it doesn't know its ass from a whole in the ground?
There needs to be some planning between schools and employers to develop skill sets that employers need. There needs to be a school system that gets its head out of the politician's ass and thinks about what is best for students. And there needs to be forward thinking and adaptable systems so that as education requirements change, the education system can change too. I'll use an example that I read about a while back. As I understand it, Rick Perry is on record as saying that skills like critical thinking are not to be taught in Texas schools. (Please correct me if I am mistaken) That is a prime skill set, and a universal one at that. Sciences, math, reading, language are all critical subjects, but so are computer courses, critical thinking etc. Religion is not critical. It can be taught at Sunday School, and at home.
This conviction just goes to show how misguided Republican/Teabaggers are when it comes to education. For them, it's all about building your millions so that you can pass it down to your kids when you're gone. Then the kids will exploit others and build more millions. And so on . . . and so on . . . and so on . . .
Friday October 5, 2012, 11:37 pm
Just when I start to think that NOTHING can surprise or disgust me, we get a story like this one! You can't even make this stuff up!
I loved Hillary Clinton's book, "It Takes A Village." I would recommend it to everyone --but especially to those conservative posters who feel that their responsibility to society begins and ends in their own backyard.
Saturday October 6, 2012, 9:13 am
@ Jo M --- There is nothing wrong with passing an estate to your kids etc. But you obviously didn't read properly --- the key word in there is "exploit"! EXPLOITing others to gain your millions and then teaching your progeny to EXPLOIT is what is wrong.
Put YOUR truth in the hole and cover it over never to be seen again!
Saturday October 6, 2012, 9:15 am
This has nothing to do with party. It's about cheating.
I agree with your post Kit. Get the gov. out of it and let the teachers teach. While my special needs child has benefited from NCLB, on the whole it is not a good program. He would have made it but he has had some accommodations due to the program.
Saturday October 6, 2012, 6:53 pm
no child left behind was a horrible policy that made schools go from teaching to teaching to testing, with much cheating going on and everyone suffering. W was a terrible president, the worst in history on so many fronts. The GOP is consistently horrible and antisocially based in policy as a group. It is just how it is.