Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

Moore, Boyda discuss No Child Left Behind

April 5, 2007


6News Now

Videocast for April 5. Enlarge video

In tonight's 6News and tomorrow's Lawrence Journal-World, U.S. Representatives Dennis Moore and Nancy Boyda were in Lawrence today to listen to concerns about No Child Left Behind, and more about the collapsed spire at Plymouth Congregational Church.


viper82 11 years, 2 months ago

No one can debate the merits of putting standards in place for public schools to ensure children are learning the fundamentals of reading, writing and math. But I personally know of at least three lifelong educators, from different states, who have either left their career as educators or are considering leaving because of pressure of what they consider to be a deviation away from the core aspects of an education curriculum.

I must admit that I am not a versed expert in the policy. But like any good researcher I do my homework and defer to the people who are experts. Not only the ones that are intimate with the details of the policy itself but with the education system in our country. One expert I defer to is a man named Jonathan Kozol, that author of Savage Inequalties. It is a book about the plight of schools in inner cities and less affluent suburbs. The first chapter describes the conditions in East St. Louis. It leaves you feeling numb and not wanting to continue on. But it is a very sad reality that still exist today. Mr. Kozol himself was a teacher at a segregated school in Boston in 1964. In September of 2005, Deborah Solomon of the New York Times interviewed Mr. Kozol concerning the No Child Left Behind Act and asked him "why would Republicans, who have traditionally opposed big government, encumber schools with the testing requirements attached to No Child Left Behind?" Kozol replied "The kind of testing we are doing today is sociopathic in its repetitive and punitive nature. Its driving motive is to highlight failure in inner-city schools as dramatically as possible in order to create a ground swell of support for private vouchers or other privatizing schemes."

While one could argue this is certainly just an opinion, consider the source for a moment and then look at private schools, such as parochial schools, and having the government pay for their children to attend has been a goal of the socially conservative right for years - please note the distinction here between conservative and social conservative. At some point in our political history (late 80's?) the meaning of conservative changed to mean something else entirely thereby paving the way for evangelicals to call themselves conservatives while still spending a great deal of our state and federal tax dollars - usually in the form of ridiculous ill planned constant proposals for things such as, oh I don't know, school vouchers? Such as was done by Kansas Representative Kay O'Connor (unaffectionately known as the "Voucher Lady") for a period of at least 4 years while serving in the Kansas Legislature. Each time the bill she introduced was struck down because, at least at that time, the Kansas House knew that it was (and still is) a bad idea. If you want your kids to go to a religious studies school you can pay for it yourself.

Ragingbear 11 years, 2 months ago

No child left behind. Simple concept. Schools not producing satisfactory math scores? School eliminated math requirements. Same with every other subject. Our kids are getting stupider and stupider people is the last thing our world needs.

coneflower 11 years, 2 months ago

NCLB is the worst thing that ever happened to public schools. The only people who benefit are the companies who make millions off the contracts to do the testing and reporting.

I don't know a teacher, parent or child who thinks education is better because of NCLB.

It is another Bush debacle. Expensive and ineffective.

NCLB doesn't need to be reformed; it needs to be eliminated completely.

KsTwister 11 years, 2 months ago

I know a President I'd like to leave behind.

LiberalDude 11 years, 2 months ago

I'm with ya coneflower. I've yet to meet someone outside of a testing agency that likes NCLB.

NCLB- good in theory but very, very bad in practice. I hope it doesn't get refunded.

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