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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by Joseph_Botwinick, Jun 16, 2006.
Where do you stand? Vote now.
what is that? i've never heard of it...
It is the president's education debacle called No Child Left Behind. Please don't take offense at this, but I would like to limit the voting to Americans only.
oh. ok. no problem here.
Furthermore, I don't support No Child's Right Behind.
hmmm...it was funnier before I typed it.
No on NCLB
The problem I have seen here is that SOME children (and their parents) do not WANT to get an education. You can't teach someone (to meet the NCLB standards) if they refuse to learn.
The basic idea of providing equal education OPPORTUNITY to all children I totally agree with. Punishing good teachers and schools because of a lack of effort by students I do NOT agree with.
The results of this year's WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning) was quite disturbing -- about two thirds of the students failed the math portion! The discussion here has been (for years) about the appropriateness of requiring this test to be passed in order to graduate. I saw an early example of the WASL math problems (about 6 years ago), and was horrified to see that I would probably fail it as well! (BTW, I always got A's in math, even in college).
No Child Left Behind? What about those like Jed Miller (now deceased in his 20s), who could not talk or walk since birth? Confined to a wheel chair, Jed COULD learn, but COULD NOT take a test such as the WASL. Therefore, Jed was "left behind" by the law.
Arkansas Lt. Governor candidate on No Child Left Behind