Sunday, March 26, 2006

No Child Left Behind--the idiots guide to killing education

If students in Oregon only needed to know how to read and how to do math, No Child Left Behind would be a fabulous piece of federal legislation:

Thousands of schools across the nation are responding to the reading and math testing requirements laid out in No Child Left Behind, President Bush's signature education law, by reducing class time spent on other subjects and, for some low-proficiency students, eliminating it.

Apparently if you're a Schumck, its hunky dory.

The "logic" of NCLB hunky dory-ness seems to be that without the foundation of reading and math, none of the other subjects can be mastered.

Except that the other subjects are being reduced or eliminated.

No science. No history. No writing/grammar. No spelling. No foreign languages.

Not so hunky dory.