“No Standards Left Behind”

That’s the title of an article a friend recently pointed out to me, published in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago.  A lot of people dislike the No Child Left Behind Act, and this author (Neil McCluskey) is no exception.  Here is my favorite part:

According to a report last month from the Institute of Education Sciences, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Education, while states are declaring success on their tests, almost none have standards even close to those of the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress — the so-called “Nation’s Report Card.” Almost all states have set their standards below NAEP’s “proficiency” level.

If it weren’t so sad it would be comical – states have standards set so low that they fail to even meet the national “proficiency” level.  What a waste of money, and yet politicians continue to throw tax dollars that direction.  How long will it take before they acknowledge the plan is a failure (or try to distance themselves from it as much as possible)?

 If you don’t have online access to the Wall Street Journal, the entire article can be found for free here.

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2 Comments

  1. Dr D said,

    August 1, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    There’s a (relatively) new book, How Computer Games Help Children Learn. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1403975051/) that talks about the problems of No Child Left Behind–and what we might do instead about education.

    The book is about how No Child Left Behind is taking our schools in the exact opposite direction from where they need to go in the age of computer technology and global capitalism—and how the new technologies of computer and video games can help get schools (and students!) where they need to go. From the introduction:

    “Young people in the United States today are being prepared—in school and at home—for standardized jobs in a world that will, very soon, punish those who can’t innovate. Our government and our schools have made a noble effort to leave no child behind: to ensure, through standardized testing, that all children make adequate yearly progress in basic reading and math skills. But we can’t “skill and drill” our way to innovation. Standardized testing produces standardized skills….
    But… here’s the good news: The very same technologies that are making it possible to outsource commodity jobs make it possible for students of all ages to prepare for innovative work…. and this book is about how we can use computer and video games to do just that….”

    If you’re interested in the future of schooling, the book might be worth a look….

  2. lily1313 said,

    August 2, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Sounds like it would be an interesting read – I’m always eager to hear about alternatives to current methods. Thanks for the recomendation!


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