OK, here’s the sort of thing that makes me quietly crazy.

Teachers, as a group, overwhelmingly are disgusted with NCLB (No Child Left Behind), but we can’t seem to get our most prominent professional organization (the NEA) to do much about it. The NEA wants to ‘fix’ the law, but anyone who has looked at it carefully realizes that no amount of tinkering is going to change the fact that a long series of both arbitrary and complicated benchmarks within the law make an official pronouncement of school failure inevitable for increasing numbers of schools.

I much prefer this group’s approach. Dump NCLB!

1 comment:

Ian said...

My wife, a special ed teacher with a Masters in her field, was required (per NCLB) to become "highly qualified" in a subject area. Special Ed wasn't an option, nor were either of her undergrad majors. So she ended up taking the test for English (despite the fact that she has no college-level credit in English).

As it turned out, she passed the test and is now "highly qualified" to teach English. Which suggests to me that "highly qualified" doesn't really mean highly qualified (no matter how smart you are, there's no way that an exam you can pass with two weeks of preparation can really be designed to find people who are "highly qualified"). On the other hand, having a Masters in the field in which she works wasn't good enough for NLCB.