Pffft...Regarding No Child Left Behind

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Registered: 10-19-2004
Pffft...Regarding No Child Left Behind
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Mon, 11-08-2004 - 12:30pm
I am tired of Bush taking all the credit and hearing echoes of credit being directed toward him and the bill, "no child left behind"! In yesterday's Houston Chronical (I wish I had the link to share...But I couldn't find it), there is mention that 3rd graders are still being moved onto 4th grade because of loop holes in the system. Well, DUH! I think NCLB is great in theory, but truly, will it trigger the minority that can't read, that are simply passing because of some relationship between the school and child/family?! Personally, we had issues with our oldest last year. This year is a heckuva lot better but we almost considered pursuing Special Ed (IEP) standards for our child and we were told by the board that even this group of children must follow the same, to some degree, standard as NCLB in a mainstream setting. We won't be able to prove otherwise but I really don't see how NCLB can be realistically put in place for every child, everywhere, like the newspaper reported, there are way too many LOOPHOLES in the system.

Just my Opinion...Any Thoughts?

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Registered: 04-10-2003
Mon, 11-08-2004 - 12:38pm
yes, this is a tough one. My friends son has a form of Ashburgers (sp) disease and she is fighting a losing batter to get him special help and not keep him back.
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Registered: 08-09-2004
Mon, 11-08-2004 - 3:35pm
I don't see how special ed students can be held to the same standards as regular students.

Not everyone learns at the same pace, some people have learning differences and need a different type of education. I think society and schools are extremely unfair to special ed kids.

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Mon, 11-08-2004 - 4:50pm
NCLB does not work. I'm from a poverty stricken area of Philadelphia, and I can tell you for a fact that it doesn't work. I have seen schools that needed the funding the least receive it, while schools that desperately need funding fall to the wayside. The whole idea of NCLB is to reward those schools that do well in the standardized testing, which is great, but not when schools that need funding desperately get passed by because their scores are lower. The only way that these districts that are faring poorly are going to improve is if they're given funding toward technology and programs to help the students that are falling behind catch up. Until our president wises up and realizes that NCLB is poorly planned, it will never get any better.