"No Child left Behind" Act be repealed?
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I believe that the "No Child left Behind" Act should be repealed because I think that is is just an easier way to get children through school without having them actually learn. I think that many kids in school are being taught how to test, not being taught actual criteria. The entire education system (at least in New York) needs to be looked at with a magnifying glass. There are so many children that are falling through the grip of education just so they can be pushed through to the next grade.
While the state believes that they are helping the students by raising their standards, what they often forget is that school should be a place where children want to go, not like they are being forced to go. I think that the education system has changed so much throughout the years, and in many ways, it is unfair to the future of America.
What happened to school being a safe-haven or a fun place to be. There are not that many kids out there these days that actually enjoy going to school, and frankly it will probably worsen as time goes on. The amount of information that is being shoved down the children's throat is absurd. Today, it is not a question that teachers are just teaching in order for the student to test well, not on the actual content of the material. If the standards were made higher, the term school will no longer have the worth that it used to have. While I do understand why the government passed this, I still believe it is almost like a guide that is way too universal. Basically, I think it is over-generalized and over emphasized in the respect that the children don't know the meaning of the material, they are just taught to know it. It is like a "one size fits all" guide to how to teach to test.
The education system was doing just fine before this act was put into action, how did the people turn out before it came into play? Just fine… I believe that the states should be able to set standards, but it is the parents/guardian's choice of what they do with it. Being "held back" may be a good thing for some kids because it can then enable them to learn the material better. I also think that every child deserves a quality education and not a test that tells them if they are literate or not. By just teaching the children to test, and not teaching them the material, it is just letting those few children who actually don't know the information slip through the system and not know, but still pushing them up a grade anyway. I think it is a lame excuse to just keep bumping the kids up a grade.
First with definition, as the Pro has not laid out any definition regarding this debate, I believe that the accepted definitions will be from the Con:
No Child Left Behind Act : An act by the American congress focused on the improvement of education nation-wide, it provides schools with many programs that are best listed under the act itself, see 
This act affects Title I schools, so schools that has at least 35% of its students coming from low income families. It provides millions in funds to these schools that would otherwise be unable help students struggling in school due to circumstances outside of school. 
One of my opponent's points is that "school should be a place where children want to go, not like they are being forced to go" and I actively disagree with this statement, most probably because I'm not really comprehending it. We all know that some students are unwilling to go to school even before the implementation of this act 10 years ago. Most states have their minimum drop out age to be around 16-18 years old anyways, so students are actually forced to be in school until then nevertheless. 
My opponent had also stated that "the education system was doing just fine before this act was put into action, how did the people turn out before it came into play? Just fine…". I unfortunately have to prove you wrong solely because before the NCLB act, the U.S's education was a train wreck, leading to the necessity of this act in the first place. 
I would just like to point out to that most of the pro's argument leans towards unbacked presumptions that the No Child Left Behind Act leads teachers into making unethical decisions. Pro has not met it's Burden of Proof to that the NCLB have failed or have been ineffective in the times that it has been in place. We are simply not debating on the effectiveness of the U.S education system when it comes to testing and how teachers teach students only what is on those tests, but rather the effectiveness and reasons why the NCLB Act should be kept or repealed.
Thank you and debate is now to you dcarbone7 :D
While the NCLB act might fund the school districts, most of them are actually underfunded. If the government says it is going to give aid to the lower income areas to help the school, how could they underfund them and still beliebe they are helping the schools? As  states very well, "Teachers and parents charge that NCLB encourages, and rewards, teaching children to score well on the test, rather than teaching with a primary goal of learning." That is primarily what I mean when I say that the teachers are teaching the test, not teaching to learn. The effectiveness of the NCLB act is very limited because of the fact that student's test scores and learning abilites are still the same as before, without the pressure on the children and teachers. The NCLB act is, for lack of a better term, putting children and teachers under the gun to force them to do better on the test. Even with the standardized testing, the scores may rise, but that is only because of the emphasis they put on the test. Before, there was no pressure on the test; where as now, all the pressure is on the test and the children are taught to test.  Makes a great point while giving a great analogy "Pollsters can't call every voter. Instead, they....." This most nearly means that the test scores that are taken are often swayed. All students are different, and I think that is where the NCLB is also at fault. The NCLB act is a very uniform system which puts all students to the same task, but not every student can handle that task. What the NCLB act leaves out is that every student has a different pace at which they learn at and it often leaves special education out of the loop. The NCLB act places way too much emphasis on the test, but it neglects those who aren't particularly good at testing. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and they are entitled to learn at their own rate.
Back to you, Con.
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The NCLB act is a one size fits all template that leaves out the special education children and the children with special needs. If these children aren't catered to in their education, how can we expect them to move forward in school. All in all, the NCLB act is a formula for failure because of all of the loopholes it has and all of it's neglect. The act is not helpful to any of the subjects involved... the teachers, students and parents can all potentially suffer from the lack of care that was put into this education system.
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I urge a vote PRO. Thank you congresschick
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