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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.

-PH

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Updated 15th July 2009 at 08:16 PM by PokemonHero

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  1. Feliciano's Avatar
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    Ugh, I know what you mean. I HATED the NCLB plan back when I was in high school. My high school exit exam, which I took in tenth grade, didn't test me on anything I had learned past seventh. My AP classes were good, but really, I only had two motivations for taking them: college, and to ensure that I wasn't in a classroom full of dithering morons. Now that I'm IN college, I do feel woefully unprepared.
  2. DCM's Avatar
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    This is why I go to a private school. My Schools Version of no child left behind is any child "left behind" is asked to leave the school. You must have a certain educational level to go to them, so they do not dumb down the classes. though my English has degraded...
  3. Mako's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edo-kun
    Ugh, I know what you mean. I HATED the NCLB plan back when I was in high school. My high school exit exam, which I took in tenth grade, didn't test me on anything I had learned past seventh. My AP classes were good, but really, I only had two motivations for taking them: college, and to ensure that I wasn't in a classroom full of dithering morons. Now that I'm IN college, I do feel woefully unprepared.
    This is 100% true. The real reason to study as hard as you can is so you don't get overwhelmed at college. I learned that the hard way this year. So study hard now so college won't kill you.
  4. Blackjack Gabbiani's Avatar
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    I'm really surprised someone hasn't tried to sue the government over things like this, given that they *are* being screwed over, and if a company called something like that it'd be false advertising and they could be sued.
  5. Nekusagi's Avatar
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    Not only all of the above complaints, it totally screws over those with learning disabilities.
  6. Lethal Carnivine's Avatar
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    You're 5th in your class? Good job, I'm only 39 out of 207.

    Shameless promotion aside, in my school it seems as though the EOC's we take are ridiculously dumbed down. I mean, if I take an Honors class for a particular EOC it is horribly easy, less(but still easy) in regular courses.

    It's like they think teens are morons when that hardly is the case. That's why taking AP classes are the best way to go for a good education(in my opinion).

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