Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Intent and Consequences of NCLB

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Intent and Consequences of NCLB

Article excerpt

No Child Left Behind. That is a much better title for a law than Public Law 107-110. Titles give laws more of a personal touch than numbers. A number is very abstract and impersonal, and it is difficult to read much meaning into a number. However, a title such as No Child Left Behind can create meaning and even emotions in the mind of the reader. How can anyone be opposed to being considerate of children?

Keep in mind that NCLB is not talking about "Home Alone." No, the real result of this innocuous title is to mask the consequences of its implementation. The intent was probably very defensible. I did not hear the arguments in Congress when this law was being debated but I can imagine that anyone who was opposed to it probably was portrayed by the proponents during the debate as if they were opposed to motherhood and apple pie.

So what are some of the consequences of NCLB? No conscientious, dedicated, quality educator, regardless of the curricular area, wants any student to "fall through the cracks." Even though our Declaration of Independence states "all men are created equal," it did not intend to imply that all adults are the same. Neither are all children the same. This is one of the major flaws in NCLB. NCLB does not state in so many words that all students are the same but the testing expectations put all students in the same "box." There is little acknowledgment or allowance for variability, whether it be in language or intellectual ability or educational opportunity. …

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