The No Child Left Behind mandate by our federal government is based upon entirely foolish assumptions. We need the Federal Government to shrink its footprint in our children’s education or at a minimum, look at basic educational research before it pronounces mandates.
From the 2001 law it is clear the Feds are wrong:
The purpose of this title is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments”.
The law’s underlying assumption is all children can reach, at a minimum, proficiency as measured by State academic assessments. Even today, with some measures of proficiency being modified downwards all students are not close to meeting proficiency let alone going beyond the benchmark. These results should not be surprising; not all children have the same inherent intelligence and academic motivations. Charles Murray got it right in Real Education when he said, “Half of the children are below average”. If Murray is correct then a standard designed to be met only by average students will not be met by those who are below average and one half of our students are below average.
It would be best if the Federal Government exited education and left its operations to parents and teachers.