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Left Behind: The future of NCLB

Original post made on Nov 27, 2008

Despite a six-year effort to overhaul education at the state and federal levels, the country is still "in trouble" educationally, says Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, with persistently low graduation rates and under funded schools.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 28, 2008, 12:00 AM


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Posted by Jim Thurber
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 27, 2008 at 12:30 pm

It is highly likely that the "mandate" of NCLB will shortly disappear into the depths of historical foolishness. High School dropout rates have always been much higher then anticipated but we never looked at the true number(s).

I'm surprised that the Feds didn't require a reduction in teacher pay in order to cover the costs of NCLB -- equally foolish things have been done in the past.

Good story. Keep up the outstanding reporting.

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Posted by Joe Stafura
a resident of another community
on Nov 28, 2008 at 9:42 am

NCLB, while a flawed piece of legislation, has provided a set of data that is useful as the national mission to prepare our children to compete in the Global economy.

The goal is obvious, lower the cost of providing quality education to all, regardless of the economics of the individual. The macro solution is to use technology more effectively and expand the learning context outside of "these four walls".

The Internet and cheap computers have created new business models in every section of society except education. There are some signs that this is about to change, excellent teaching and tutoring systems are being developed to allow a qualified teacher to focus on curriculum development, special needs and student centric activities.

The educational system is an amazing asset to our society to impede the advancement of public education would be to deny a civil right to students who are being underserved by the current model.

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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on Nov 28, 2008 at 3:44 pm

NCLB has nothing to do with "education" and everything to do with forcing good educators into becoming parrots. Teach the test, teach the test, teach the test. What if the Real World doesnt ask about the test?

Let teachers teach

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Posted by Peter Herbert
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 2, 2008 at 8:42 am

in case someone's interested in the whole scale ridiculousness of NCLB - let me refer you to this article in harpers magazine: Web Link.