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Many educators and parents are applauding the end of the “No Child Left Behind” law– the George W. Bush-era education policy that garnered bipartisan support at the time but has proved unsuccessful in the eyes of many. But what did it teach us, and what comes next? We’ll take a look at look at the legacy of “No Child Left Behind” and hear about the new federal policy that will replace it.

  • Kurt thialfad

    NCLB taught us that the federal government needs to stay out of education, even to the point of abolishing the Dept of Education. I’m not saying the federal government doesn’t have a role. They run the service academies, and consulate schools, but everything else is pretty much under local, state, and private control.

    You could look back to the “Dartmouth College” case before the Supreme Court in 1819, when the state attempted to take over this private institution, and alumnus Daniel Webster successfully argued the case. From then on education in America became more free enterprise than not.

    That’s the model we have, and federal attempts to interfere, more often than not, only make things worse.

    On the other hand, there is the centralized Napoleonic French model, where the exact same distorted facts, and inaccuracies are taught homogeneously in all parts of that nation. Which is better?

    Said Daniel Webster: “It will be a dangerous, a most dangerous experiment, to hold these institutions subject to the rise and fall of popular parties, and the fluctuations of political opinions…”

  • 1PeterDuMont2STARALLIANCE8

    Re important leveraged innovation in Education: listeners’ and guests’ attention is drawn to the laudable XQ SuperSchools project, and the STAR ALLIANCE Civic Peace Values Education initiative (with a cooperative short video touting The Vocabulary of Peace approach available for viewing at http://www.STARALLIANCE.org.)

  • We need to integrate emotional intelligence and systems thinking a la “Triple Focus” by Goleman and Senge to help students be ready for academic learning.

  • Sam Badger

    No Child Left Behind shows that “bipartisanship” and “coming together” can lead some some pretty atrocious ideas, as much as the political “extremes”. Everything became about statistical analysis by a bureaucracy which led to an increase in testing, and our politicians and bureaucrats thought somehow that failing public institutions needed to be “punished” with funding cuts, which is a totally backwards idea. Failing institutions clearly need more resources, more teachers, and more technology, instead of being further starved as if teachers and students were conspiring to fail.

  • MonkInSF

    I am not saying the K12 system is perfect. But no school nor teachers could play the role of parents. Whatever reform the government try, If certain trend is not changed, there will not be any difference.

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