Education News features another point-by-point response to Margaret Spellings’ opinion piece on No Child Left Behind in Saturday’s Post. The writer makes some excellent points, both about what Spellings had to say and about the poor status of vocational education in this country.
However, these two sentences by themselves address one of the biggest problems with NCLB.
Schools and teachers throughout the U.S. are being used as scapegoats for social and economic problems ignored by politicians, school critics and the media. Perhaps elected officials at all levels of government should be required to pass a standardized test in government/education in order to qualify for public office.
This one-size-fits-all, train wreck of a law assumes that every school, every teacher in this country is doing a poor job. And anyone who believes that isn’t qualified for public office.