From York Daily Record Facebook page: No Child Left Behind

Yesterday, I posted this on the York Daily Record Facebook page. The responses follow:

Post: It’s been 10 years since President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act. What do you think? Has this “new path of reform” worked or not? Should the law be changed? –Buffy

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Psu Chris NCLB has ruined education. This has caused teachers to teach to the test.
18 hours ago · Like · 12

Tabatha Turnbaugh Taylor my kids havn’t truley learned anything in ten years all they have been taught is how to pass the PSSA
17 hours ago · Like · 6

it is the worst concept we have ever put forward. It effects even the teachers – I’ve met far too many that are utterly ignorant of the subjects they teach.

At some piont the system had a catostrophic failure as we see be this happening and no national uprising by proffesers,colleges,schools,teachers or students present and all ex students in the nation.( that would be all of us)

Its embarrassing to even hear an American student talk because they have been deprived a true education and forced to suffer from a severe lack of self esteem that this law makes them have.

True education gives one self esteem .
17 hours ago · Like · 1

Patricia Stoeckard Geesey No child left behind is still causing kids to be passed thru without learning. Some are using as kids should not be held back a grade even if the fail every single class every marking period!! This has helped in some ways for some, but others are still falling thru the cracks!! Seen it with my own eyes & the york city school district!!
17 hours ago · Like · 3

Melanie Pancho If you want real, honest answers to that question, promise teachers anonymity and then ask them. They’ll tell you whether it’s worked or not. :/
17 hours ago · Like · 7

Karen Hendrix-Weaver This is yet another reason we’ve opted to homeschool!
17 hours ago · Like

Patricia Stoeckard Geesey Just look & see how some of the kids spell now a days!! They’ve gone from learning to spell words to learning how to sort them. There is no concept of spelling in some districts now, they all have changed it over to what they call word study which is all just about sorting words out.
17 hours ago · Like

Lindsay Reinoehl Bartleson I think it was put in place to ruin schools so they could argue for the even more devastating voucher programs. I can tell you I’ve heard how horrible NCLB is from MANY teachers. They teach the test rather than focus on true learning.
16 hours ago · Like · 1

Louise Schintz-nelson Poor planning ,no follow through … Not enough $ or superior teachers to make a difference . They need to send this problem to a group of thinkers ,not a group of politicians . They also must start to teach in many different approaches.all people do not learn the same ,every one but the schools seems to know that !
16 hours ago · Like · 2

Linda Chenoweth Harlow It taught administrators and teachers how to change test scores so they had “improved test scores” in their schools. Well meaning law but not thought out or implemented properly.
16 hours ago · Like

Blaine Wherley Schools do their part. Its parents who fail their children and blame it on the schools and politicians. Helping your child learn shows them the importance of an education and that you care. Be a good parent!
16 hours ago · Like · 3

Lloyd Philip Buchter Jr I think the failure is not nclb but the fact that the schools are teaching to it is the problem. Money is not the answer, the cost has gone up and up since the creation of the dept. education and quality has gone down. many countries spend less and get better results.
14 hours ago · Like

Peggy Ann Roche Get rid of NCLB and PSSA.
14 hours ago · Like · 2

Heather Bradford Turnage The schools HAVE to teach to it or they lose $$. It was an unfunded mandate, so they need every single penny they can get in order to not be absolutely ruined.
13 hours ago · Like

Elizabeth Polanzke NCLB is a horrible mistake.
6 hours ago · Like

Paul Murray Return education to local authority!!
4 hours ago · Like

Lloyd Philip Buchter J
r Why do they have to teach to it? If they simply educate and give the students the skills and knowledge the test will be no problem. The problem is they are looking for the easy solution which is teach the test. If a child can do the three Rs then the rest will be there.
about an hour ago · Like

What do you think? Add your thoughts in comments.

ALSO, check Angie Mason’s post on Cram Session on NCLB Storify presentation.

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3 Responses to From York Daily Record Facebook page: No Child Left Behind

  1. doug says:

    How else do we grade the work of teachers? In the case of NCLB, the bar that needs passed is the “test” you speak of. The teachers complain because they feel it’s not their responsibility for the students to pass that test. Just stop and think about that for a second.

    The bar was raised to requiring a certain passing grade and thus keeps students and faculty on task. If they are teaching just to pass the test, in my honest opinion, the teachers themselves are guilty of doing the bare minimum.

    Trust me when i say that there are many countries (India for one) that have much more grueling education systems that are producing a much higher quality product. If you don’t believe me, just schedule a visit to your local hospital and/or specialist.

    Wake up America! The INTENT with NCLB was to keep our educated young AHEAD of the rest of the world!

  2. Mike W says:

    Though I understand the intent of NCLB….its pretty obvious that the intent has failed miserably. NCLB….as in many other govt programs….assumes everyone will operate “above board”….that there will be nothing but honest implementation….and that the needs of the students will be beyond approach. However – that is unfortunately not real life.

    Real life = the administrators and education “hierarchy” feel that MONEY is the most important need in education (I leave out teachers….they are but pawns in what they are told they can or cannot do). Bottom line – the school board hierarchy will stop at nothing to ensure they continue to receive funding and education ideologists will stop at nothing to prove their point – whether it succeeds or not. The result has been an intentional “dumbing down” of all U.S. education to ensure that funding is not lost and the ideologists can try to ensure they are proven right. The result is this has severely lowered the passing level within American education to ensure a “passing grade” and to ensure the $$ flows freely from the govt coffers.

    NCLB is a failure and cannot be fixed. Like outcome based education before it – any attempt to “level the playing field” will simply mean in reality “lower the bar”.

    NCLB is a scam and cannot work.

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