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NCLB no help to children

by Bill Archer

When President Bush went on national television recently to boast about the NCLB's success and expresses himself using improper grammar by saying "Childrens can learn," he is a good example of the basic flaw in his pet No Child Left Behind education reform act. He is proof that all children can learn but not all can learn at the same speed or achieve on the same level at the same time.

The NCLB impossibly requires all children to be able to read and do math on grade level by "date certain" or public schools will come under more sanctions, corrective actions and finally "restructuring," i.e. closed and teachers redistributed. This has already been done across the nation!

George W. Bush is the sterling example of why we shouldn't allow the NCLB to be reauthorized. Like all the other self-appointed ventures he's bungled, this attempt to hijack public education for his profit-greedy business backers is just another scam. Follow the money as it moves from the public domain and into the private world of development and you see who the big winners in the NCLB are.

And it won't be the children.

— Bill Archer
Daytona Beach News-Journal


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