I have heard a few horror stories about the schools and the students….but first what is “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB)
Thanks to wiki for the following definition:
NCLB is the latest federal legislation that enacts the theories of standards-based education reform, which is based on the belief that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education. The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades, if those states are to receive federal funding for schools. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state. The Act requires that the schools distribute personal information of every student enrolled to military recruiters and institutions of higher education, unless the student opts out.
Okay, now we know what the Bush admin had in mind for the future of our educational institutions….how has that worked out?
IMO, it has been a absolute bust….why? Recently high school students in the state of Oklahoma were asked to name the first president of the United States of America…not a particularly difficult question, huh? Only 23%, almost one in four, did not know that George Washington was the first president. How scary is that? These kids are the future leaders of the country.
What are they teaching our children? Apparently it is not Civics or American History………. just what then? I would almost bet that they are having to say the pledge of allegiance and are having their daily religious indoctrination….but they are not taught anything about this country’s beginning other than we broke with England….oh, there is so much more to it than that (a later post).
But our new president is not that much more education friendly. Some of his plans sound a lot like those of Pres. Bush (see previous education post). You know where all the problems are those of the teachers and moist reforms would effect teachers and the pay would not go with the added responsibility.
The AP is reporting another proposal the the Obama admin is considering:
Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way.Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe.
Does Obama want every kid to do these things? School until dinnertime? Summer school? And what about the idea that kids today are overscheduled and need more time to play?
For one thing, the current school yeat is based on when the country was an agarian society and the kids were needed in the late speing and summer to work on the farm…those days are gone….I agree that it is time to update the schools to help our undereducated children compete in a every growinmg global society.
To answer one of the questions…..overscheduled children? Yeah, they are so overscheduled that they have time to do this.
Investigators say a Philadelphia teenager wrapped a cat in duct tape, put it in a shopping bag and left it in a neighbor’s backyard.The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says 19-year-old James Davis was arrested Saturday on animal cruelty charges.
Official George Bengal says Davis admitted to taping up the cat from neck to tail after he spotted it in his yard Sept. 21.
The gray tabby was nicknamed Sticky by animal welfare workers. It was dehydrated and had to be sedated while the tape was cut off its fur.
Yep that is right, we do not want to overschedule the little shits so they have plenty of time to do stuff like that.
We are talking about kids that spend most of their time watching TV, playing games or playing on Facebook….where is the over scheduling? Mom and Dad spend less than 6 hours a day with the kids….where is that over scheduled?
If there is going to be sweeping changes in education then someone needs to see that the teachers are compensated for the extra work….a teacher is the most important person your child will ever encounter, short of Mom and Dad, and sometimes that can be argued, but the pros that teach the children should be treated and paid for their efforts.