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No Child's Behind Left, Part 1

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Note #1: I see in the May 20, 2013 edition of Education Week that, " The Obama administration announced in 2011 it would award waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act to states that agreed to adopt certain education ideas, such as teacher evaluations tied to student test scores." Thus, at best, we remain in "idiot mode," as any bona fide educator knows, and as any bona fide kid is well aware.  Part 2 of No Child's Behind Left will present alternatives to this idiocy. I intend to post it within the next few days.

Note #2: Greg Palast, one of my favorite authors, wrote an article by this same title, which can be easily Googled. But I fear he misses the boat when he writes, " I can't say that Mr. Bush doesn't offer "better options" to the kids stamped "failed." Under No Child Left, if enough kids flunk the tests, their school is marked a failure and its students win the right, under the law, to transfer to any successful school in their district. You can't provide more opportunity than that." Actually, Greg, you can, and this could be an article in itself, if not a book or two, but I will put it succinctly We should be modelling our schools after those of Finland, making minor adjustments for the U.S. We should hold the feet of the National Education and its state affiliates to the coals and, seriously, for once and for all, put kids first.

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