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Many Children Left Behind: How the No Child Left Behind Act Is Damaging Our Children and Our Schools Paperback – September 29, 2004
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The biggest problem is that NCLB has been underfunded, by anywhere up to $12 billion. The states have all sorts of new federal mandates, but not enough money to pay for them. Standardized tests are valuable as a measure of a student's progress, but they should not be the only measure, which is the case with NCLB. Portions of the school curriculum that don't directly deal with testing, like art, phys ed and field trips, will be dropped, as schools become little more than test-prep factories.
A school can be classified as Failing if even one subgroup in the school, like Asains or disabled students, don't do well enough on the test. The school must then pay to bus its students who want to transfer to a non-failing school. If it is an inner-city school, their resources are already thin enough. There probably aren't any non-failing schools nearby, and besides, they have no incentive to accept students who might bring down their test scores. Urban schools, and urban communities in general, need a lot more help than to be told, "Raise your test scores, or else." Many schools have gotten in the habit of making students repeat a grade, raising the chance that they will eventually drop out, only because they might negatively affect the test score for the upper grade.
The most well-known non-education provision in NCLB forces schools to give student contact information to military recruiters, or face a cutoff of federal aid.Read more ›
Is it one that can bubble in correct answers on a skills based test? Is life "multiple choice?"
Don't read this book if you don't want to become incredibly angry about what the NCLB is doing to our children. In an attempt to further the agenda that public schools are failing children, NCLB mandates (without adequate funding) are making teachers focus on basic skills to the detriment of higher level thinking. Teachers are being forced to focus so much on "drill and kill," students are hating school at an early age. Then, if schools don't perform adequately, they are punished and lose funding. If schools perform too well, they are scrutinized and suspected of cheating. As all of the powers that be argue over test results, children are the losers.
School districts are giving up such "fringe benefits" as recess, P.E., music, art, and performing arts, to make more time for worksheets. There is nothing for the soul anymore. Take a moment and reflect on one of your most positive memories as a child in school. Are YOU thinking of a worksheet? A test?
If your child is hating school, you have great cause to worry. Children that do poorly on standardized tests are considered for retention, after school programs, and other "interventions" that will make them hate it more. The testing only gets worse as they get older. Threatened with the possibility that they won't pass the tests for high school, many children give up and drop out. Then, your child really will have been left behind.
If you are wondering why your child doesn't love learning, and how come they feel like they are never working hard enough, you need to find out more about NCLB. This book is a great start!
While it is obvious that Melissa J.Read more ›
This book, written by true experts in the field of educational research, explains so beautifully the reasons why the law is no good for our schools, and like the child in the EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES it tells the truth and screams to be heard. Somebody...PLEASE...send a copy to Mr. Bush.
First, the book is not quite what it is advertised to be. In the description above, you will see that it is listed as 152 pages. It isn't. It is 132 pages, and if you remove the endnotes and author biographies it is only 119. But, to be fair, that is a very small point.
My main concern with this book is that the same small set of concerns is repeated over and over. I have no doubt about the quality and standing of the authors; the problem seems to be that each author is able to explain their point so clearly that having it repeated does little to add to the argument.
If you do buy this book, skip straight to pages 102-104. In this short summary, you will be given a very brief overview of everything that has gone before. True, you will not get the detail, nor the reasoning. But it will give you basis enough to move on from there.
I have nothing against either the authors, nor the message of this book. I just think that the editors have taken a series of excellent, but similar, journal articles and printed them one after another. And maybe, this time, they would have been better served by having one powerful article with a long list of qualified authors.
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I received this book quickly from when I placed my order and it was perfect!Published on July 11, 2010 by angeleah
The following authors contributed to this edited book: Deborah Meier, Alfie Kohn, Linda Darling-Hammond, Theodore Sizer, George Wood, Stan Karp, and Monty Neill. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by Jane Doe
I am writing a paper on NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND and this book has given me good insight to the pros and cons of NCLBPublished on September 22, 2009 by Joan Eleder Brown
Every legislator in the country should be required to read this book, especially Chapter 5. The legislators who passes NCLB fell for the buzzwords and rhetoric--how could someone... Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by E. Haney
This book should be required reading for all legislators who are convinced that High Stakes tests are the answer to providing educational equity, school administrators who buy-in... Read morePublished on October 8, 2008 by SRC
No Child Left Behind is probably as awful as the authors suggest, although as a teacher, AKA education worker, I would be the first person to admit that my perspective is limited... Read morePublished on June 4, 2008 by David Schweizer
I bought this product to complete some school work. Amazon's shipping was fabulous. The product itself was as expected.Published on May 9, 2008 by Geekiest
If you're looking for a short, cogent overview of NCLB and the major issues, this is the book for you. Read morePublished on March 19, 2008 by Paul