Imperfect Genius directed my attention to a petition against the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). If I told you all the reasons I don't like NCLB, which seems to leave many children behind, I wouldn't get to eat dinner tonight. I have seen third graders terrorized after being told that if they didn't "pass" the year end tests they wouldn't be promoted to the next grade, anxious kids that I was supposed to treat so that they could do better on the test, and too many kids and parents who are angry that their education has been preempted by a federal mandate to raise test scores without thought to the deeper educational issues we have in this country. Some idiot bureaucrat seemed to think that if inner city kids aren't getting a good education, why, make them study their little behinds off to do better on a test and if that doesn't work shut down their school and bus them elsewhere. Sounds like a plan to me. Also all the teachers and principals who might get fired if the kids don't test better should take it out on the children. Right. If you agree with me, join 22,000 other Americans who signed the petition.
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