Skip to comments.States rush to leave No Child law behind
Posted on 08/10/2011 6:02:20 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
States are rushing for the No Child Left Behind exit door.
Within hours of Education Secretary Arne Duncans announcement Monday that he will grant waivers from federal mandates, several states announced that they would apply for relief. Many others are expressing interest, pending the release of more details next month.
Tennessee didnt wait for Mr. Duncans news conference: The state sent its waiver request two weeks ago.
The mad dash to escape high-stakes testing and gain more flexibility represents a sense of desperation among states, said Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators.
Theres no question that school districts and the states themselves are looking for anything that will provide a break, he told The Washington Times on Tuesday, adding that states and school leaders are taking a well do whatever it is you want us to do attitude toward Mr. Duncans waiver proposal.
The mystery surrounding the details of the plan doesnt appear to be deterring states.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Monday, while the ink was still drying on the transcript of Mr. Duncans announcement, that his state will take part in the waiver program.
He said in a statement that No Child Left Behind has harmed, not improved, the quality of students learning experiences, and he will gladly accept an escape route.
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I wonder what little goodies the Administration has tucked in there. As much as everyone hates NCLB the governors better read what they're signing very, very carefully.
All part of Arne’s “Creating Leftist Morons One Child At A Time” program.
Unions vs. Accountability. Where have we ever heard that before?
Dems at the state level made sure that the money never made it to the schools, so Bush would never get credit for helping education.
The States that apply for Waivers are admitting that they cannot teach the children.
Government is the problem. Everyone wants a waiver. Everyone wants to be free from the repression and the regulations.
Let my people go.
Or they are tired of “teaching to the test”. Also standardized tests tend to expose glaring truth that we are trying hard to ignore.
Since DOE is staffed to manage NCLB they should lose funding for at least 100 employees for every state granted a waiver. No program to manage... no job.
Until the debt debacle, he and Arne Duncan supported testing.
Now that his poll numbers are plummeting, Obama has changed his position. No surprise.
Ah, the legacy of Ted Kennedy! I bet the news articles are full of the fact that this was Kennedy’s bill, passed in a “bipartisan” way!
States trying to protect the incompetence of affirmative action. Giving college students open book tests, gives you the sorry state of education.
Or maybe that top down centralized planning and a one size fits none approach not only fails in politics and economics, but also in education.
Remember, one of the real goals that educrats are failing at include “closing the gap”....i.e. equal outcomes for all demographic groups. They have dumbed down the system and called it “excellence in education”.
From what I've read, and it's all very obscure, this is not a waiver from the whole program, only certain requirements. And it comes with strings.
If every state can have a waiver then why bother with the department of education?
Most cite unrealistic expectations of No Child Left Behind as their motivation. The law calls for 100 percent of students to be proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014, a goal widely viewed as unattainable.
How can mathematics, i.e.: adding 150 + 25, or multiplying 12 x 12 be "Unrealistic"?
Ditto for reading:
"See Spot run. See Jane chase Spot. See Billy chase Jane."Is that an unrealistic expectation?
"See Jane's father get his shotgun. See Billy marry Jane."
'Series'. They only have to 'proficient'. Not solve the Grand Unification Theory in Physics. Or write a tome like War and Peace. So really, what's the big deal?
The Bush/Kennedy NCLB law was designed to beef up state education bureacracies.
Another way of looking at it would be to say “NCLB is a really good idea, but we just don’t have the right people implementing it yet. Once we have the right person, group, or whatever in charge then our situation will improve.”
I wholeheartedly reject this argument.
The NCLB still leaves education reform and decision making in the hands of the very same people that have created the mess.
So we can’t achieve what Cuba constantly brags about? lol Maybe not enough sugarcane in our diet?
Absolutely not. I have talked to a dozen teachers who do not give Ted the credit. They either do not know or they deny it. Accountability is not part of their values, I specifically mean accountability for themselves. I admit they have shoddy material to stRt with sometimes. Children are in serious trouble directly Ttributed to liberal family values and the attack on families and faith. Until that is fixed you can educate them for 60 years and they will struggle to survive.
This is a good thing. Several years ago I predicted that we’d gradually move away from this kind of “command and control” educational thinking. Schooling ought not to be primarily all about scoring high on math and reading tests.
Pray tell, if math and reading aren’t important to schooling what is?
What's been bad is the testing methodology. There should be zero opportunity for malfeasance. Private schools widely participate in standardized testing, why should incompetent, inept public schools get a pass?
We accept standardized testing for college entry, for grad school entry, for certifications, advancement and skills verification on the job
WHY is it illegitimate for benchmarking the quality of primary and secondary public education?
The only real solution is to get government out of education altogether. If government had been in charge of transportation, we would still be riding horses.
yep...talked to one vice-principal who seemed to think Bush should have brought cash to her.....
“Schooling ought not to be primarily all about scoring high on math and reading tests.”
That statement does not mean that math and reading are not important. Let parents decide just how far and in which directions their own children need to be educated. Having the government come in and make those decisions is failing miserably before our eyes.
Some parents expect high academic achievement in certain areas; some parents are satisfied with having their kids read and write at some minimal standard...but really want their children to excell in some kind of sports activity. I know one family that takes every opportunity to teach their kids about hunting, fishing, and processing game, and they occaisonally take their boys out of class to do it.
You will promote high levels of acheivement across the board if parents had more of an opportunity to define what education should be for their own children.
I’m in Texas, where high school football is a big deal.
Imagine what high school football would be like if everyone, regardless of interest or ability, were forced to participate at some arbitrarily defined ‘high level’...that’s what we are currently experiencing in our academic programs.
“Pray tell, if math and reading arent important to schooling what is?”
Is that what I said, pray tell? Read it again, please.
You are right they are closing the gap-—the wrong way.
They are closing it by dumbing down, instead of wising up.