Some Children Left Behind

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44 weeks a year, five days a week, seven hours a day, students, aged five to eighteen, attend school. They have to sit, and listen, and “learn.” The Missouri State government requires this amount of time to be spent towards education, but how many of the students are learning versus how many students are sitting and waiting for other students to catch up? Because Missouri is part of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the public schools must achieve certain minimum testing percentiles for their students. Schools then neglect to teach to the students who already exceed the percentile, leaving them intellectually waiting for their peers in class. The federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act must be changed and improved in order to maintain the learning interest of students in a higher testing percentile. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is an educational requirement majorly supported by Congress. The purpose of NCLB was to motivate schools to raise test scores, therefore increasing the average knowledge of the students, by taking away funding if they don’t. It was introduced in House as H.R.1 by John Boehner, current Speaker of the House on March 22nd, 2001. The issue was then sent the education and workforce committee and the Judiciary committee. It passed in the House of Representatives on May 23rd, 2001, in a vote of 384 to 45. Less than a month later, on June 14th, it passed in the Senate, in a vote of 91 to 8. The joint committee for NCLB reported December 13th, and was brought back to and agreed upon in the House of Representatives the same day in a vote of 381-41. On the 18th of December, it was agreed upon by the Senate in a vote of 87-10. It was finally signed into law by George W. Bush on January 8th, 2002. Teachers teach to the lowest common denominator in order to meet the minimum requirements, so students who are already past the minimum requirements do not receive any learning benefits. Laurel Button, the author of this paper, was a...
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