What was terribly wrong with this law to begin with, was the fact that it never allowed for “Critical Thinking Skills” to be developed. Instead, it narrowly concentrated on reading and math test scores. It was a bad experiment on millions of children that can’t get those years back to learn and think on their own. It also damaged our public school systems with labels and allowed the rise of Charter Schools that took our tax dollars away from our school districts.
Personally, I think they should just repel the law but, the Education Secretary wants to “rebrand it.” I guess he figures if they wrap it up in a new name, like re-gifting a bad present, that will make it all better. Bad idea, in my opinion. The New York Times is reporting they are making a contest out of “rebranding” the No Child Left Behind law.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan agrees. “Let’s rebrand it,” he said in an interview. “Give it a new name.”
And before Mr. Duncan has had time to float a single name, scores of educators, policy wonks and assorted rabble-rousers have rushed in with an outpouring of proposals.
The civil rights leader Marian Wright Edelman took the high road, suggesting it be called the Quality Education for All Children Act. But a lot of wise guys have gotten in on the act too, with suggestions like the All American Children Are Above Average Act. Alternatives are popping up every day on the Eduwonk.com blog, where Andrew Rotherham, a former Clinton administration official, is sponsoring a rename-the-law contest.
The nicknames of the law and the entries will give you a good laugh this morning.
Nicknames for the law proliferated: No Child Left Untested, No Child’s Behind Left, No School Board Left Standing.
Since Mr. Rotherham announced his contest last week, Eduwonk has received 41 entries, including: the Double Back Around to Pick Up the Children We Left Behind Act, the Rearranging the Deck Chairs Act, the Teach to the Test Act and the Could We Start Again Please Act.
Joking aside about the names, this law does not address the inadequate funding to many of the school districts across the nation. They have out-of-date textbooks, labs, decaying school buildings and over crowded classrooms. These inter-city children are still being short changed compared to the schools in the suburbs. Our high school, this year, was shut down for 4 days because of our ancient boiler system needed to be overhauled.
My parting thought, we have too many resource inadequacies in our schools, which is one of the causes for the nations rise in poverty.
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