[Susan notes: Lynn Stoddard is the champion visionary for an education that matters to children.]
Education Committee Member:
The NCLB Law may be the biggest mistake our government has ever made. It has caused more damage and cheated more children of their full development than any law that has ever been enacted. The reason is that it is based on a false goal -- student achievement in curriculum. It is a mind-set held by our culture that causes policyholders to try to measure the wrong things in the wrong way. Standardized testing of reading, writing and arithmetic forces teachers to teach these basic skills as goals, as ends in and of themselves. They thus make school a dreary drudge of drills rather than an exciting place of inquiry into wonderful things to investigate. The NCLB law has forced teachers to make learning basic skills a very hard thing to do, contrary to natural ways of learning, different for each individual, that is actually easy and fun. The NCLB law has killed curiosity, imagination and the development of individual talents and interests in a whole generation of children.
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