No Child Left Behind
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, signed into law by President Bush on Jan. 8, 2002, was a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the central federal law in pre-collegiate education. The ESEA, first enacted in 1965 and previously reauthorized in 1994, encompasses Title I, the federal government's flagship aid program for disadvantaged students (Education, 2001, Augu).
I agree with the idea of the No Child Left Behind Act. However, working in an urban setting, where there is little to no parental support I feel that teachers/schools should not be fully responsible for the child's educational outcomes. The parents are the first teachers and they should be held accountable as well. Teaching is team effort. Parent, teachers and support staff are to work together. The state blames the teachers through students’ assessments and the schools not making Annual Yearly Progress (AYP). I oppose to the part of blaming the teachers and the schools. No Child Left Behind Act has some good programs in place for the students, but if the student does not take advantage of the resources or apply themselves how is that going to change the problems in the schools.
I feel that once again the students in urban settings are being set up for failure. NCLB did increase funding for certain areas, but the funding is not enough to provide everything required by the law. If the state did not place so much energy on test, and focus more on the student just maybe our schools would be in better shape. Some students clam up on test and the district test students so often it can be overwhelming. That is just my opinion. Being a Trainable Aide in the classroom, I have observed on firsthand how there is so much paper work that it takes away...
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