Why I Hate No Child Left Behind...
by, 27th May 2009 at 07:23 PM (424 Views)
I'm sure that anyone that has gone through the American public school system in this decade has heard of No Child Left Behind. The law, passed in 2001, basically requires all states to administer standardized tests. In theory, it's supposed to put a focus on helping kids in failing schools to improve. Good idea, right?
Well, I'm one of those people who actually gets the short end of the stick in this situation. Currently, I am a high school junior, have a 4.0 GPA, ranked 5th in my class overall. But the fact is, I feel like I'm being left behind. All of the state's money for education is going to educating students in Baltimore and such. They are lower testing standards so that students can pass a test with skills that should be learned at a much younger age, just so they can get federal funding.
Meanwhile, there's pretty much nothing for those students who are exceling. Sure, there are AP classes and all. But really, that's nothing. There's no incentive for students like me besides college. And while the state thinks that's enough, it's not.
I feel like all the effort that I've put into school to be the best student possible is being wasted. There needs to be some provision in NCLB that ensures that students who are going beyond the ciriculum do not feel like they are being overlooked for those students who slack off or schools that never reached the proper standards they should have years ago.
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