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Friday, October 28, 2011
Harkin-Enzi No Child Left Behind Bill Faces Uncertain Future
Ok, so I understand the anger toward NCLB and the fed govt intrusion into our state's and district's schools and classrooms. Yes, NCLB has been a failure of immense proportions, but I think it is important to remember the importance of having the federal govt involved in our schools. Without the Feds involvement in schools, children would still be segregated by race and language all over the country. Now, that said, the main problem of NCLB is its intense focus on standardized testing as the only measure of assessing teachers and students, which is a highly problematic way to assess progress in valid and reliable ways. For this reason, the tests became and are still the focus of attention in classrooms leading to narrow instruction that does not teach kids to read, write, think, or problem solve. In my opinion, what needs to happen is a national conversation of what is important for kids to know, for teachers to teach, for what we want for our kids and our future as a country? Do we want really good rule-follower who test well? Or, do we want creators/innovators? Do we want writers? Kids who can think in expansive ways? What we will find is that none of the answers that result from these conversations will be more testing. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost