Washington (CNN) - By the time students return to school next fall, President Obama wants Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, more commonly known as No Child Left Behind.
In a speech at a Virginia middle school Monday, the president is expected to praise the effort members of Congress have already made, but will call on them to finish their work before August.
Yes, let's punish all teachers for not being able to improve the scores of children that were already left behind years before they got to their classroom. That's the idea of NCLB, it's a deliberate attack against teachers: we give them disadvantaged kids who never had the opportunity for the extra help that priveleged white kids get, then demand improvement to Harvard levels or we will blame the teacher!
Dream on. There's a new regime in town and any program aimed to help people better themselves is an affront to unfettered bare knuckles "capitalism" (That is capitalism withut regulations and morals which is intertwined with leaders in government so to ensure that they keep the profit while the American people share the risk). This new "Americanism" has its own education program to endorse. Its called "Every Kid Left Behind Except Mine And Maybe Those Of My Business Partner And Even Them If They Threaten What I Own." That's what the Founding Fathers would have wanted. Wait a minute. They were the rich guys so how come they didn't slant everything their way so that they kept everything and the rest of the people just got the right to go fight for their country. They must have been a bunch of closet socialists.
I have enormous respect for President Obama, but even the phrase "No Child Left Behind" is based on a irrational premise.
Educational programs do not leave "children" (students) behind: "children" fail to keep up.
The choice of the word "child" is intended to make the student seem weak and helpless.
It is a student's responsibility to learn. A teacher can help a student learn, but the student cannot learn without working, and the work is HARD.
If the student chooses not to study and learn, he SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND.
Too many uneducated Americans are walking around our country with meaningless doctorates.
The "children" need to be taught that they will fail if they don't learn. If they fail enough courses, they WILL be left behind. They will not be graduated with a doctorate in, say, social studies, metaphysics, or Rap.
If they are left behind, they may starve to death.
That was what Americans were taught when our educational system functioned.
I hope we are correcting the flaws in no child left behind. The GOP could learn from such an approach and apply it to health care reform. Don't scrap the whole thing. Keep the good and fix the bad. Repeal is a horrendously STUPID idea that is only being pushed to reinstate the status quo (or create an even more business-friendly-at-the-expense-of-consumers environment). Anyone who thinks the idea is to replace it with good law is dilusional or easily duped.
Obummie wants to talk about everything but jobs and the deficit. He needs to pick the deficit first and get that done since he can't multitask. Heck, he can't walk and chew bubble gum at the same time.
The "no child left behind" is solely responsible for the lack of education our children are currently getting. I've met kids that cannot read or write but graduated because they went to school everyday. This is wrong – we are holding back teaching and educating our best and brighest simply because some kids don't want to learn. Most of those who would be left behind that I have talked to didn't care and refused to try. These should be left behind in order that the others can be properly educated and advance. To do otherwise is a crime to those that pay the taxes and to those educators who are not allowed to educate the majority.