The Bright Coast

Progressive Thoughts from San Diego Alums on Law, Politics, and Culture

NCLB

Posted by brightcoast on October 13, 2008

An article here discusses the impending doom for California schools as related to No Child Left Behind. It seems to me that any time legislation states as its purpose having 100% of anything, e.g. 100% no pollution discharge into U.S. waters, 100% no carbon discharge, etc. the legislation necessarily fails to meet its mark. I don’t really see how it’s possible to have 100% reading proficiency across the country in 6 years, and I believe that’s more realistic than cynical. Instead of focusing on test scores, which are inherently affected by the level of difficulty self imposed  by the respective states, Congress should look into more diagnostic measures to identify and address what the real problems are at the root of the problem. Hopefully with Barack’s public commitment to education in all of the debates so far, he’ll make good on his promise and attempt to reform the system.

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