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NCLB and Tea with the Mad Hatter

"Maybe President George Bush has had tea with the Mad Hatter once too often: 'Move down, move down!'"

"According to the Bush plan, the 1,200 students at my poorly performing school will qualify for vouchers. If they all elect to be bused across town to the 'better' school along with 1,200 students from the seven other bad schools, will they all get in? They will probably need to bus me and all my fellow teachers with them so they will have enough teachers when they arrive.

"I do not think that poorly performing schools will look like they improved after those parents who push children to do their best send their children to a different school.

"If the No Child Left Behind program really wanted to show schools being successful, it would let schools send all the students from poor dysfunctional families to the 'better school.' Poorly performing schools would score extremely well on standardized tests if all poorly performing students were going to a different school. If the 'better' school's test
scores dropped for some inexplicable reason, we could congratulate ourselves on the fact that the poorer school was now the better school
Furthermore, we could switch students back the following year and all schools could look like they improved every other year. Like President
Bush, I like the "tea party solution" in Alice in Wonderland. It's so much easier than working for real solutions. Down the rabbit hole we go. ..."

— John Coulter, Stockton teacher
California Educator


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