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debatequeen97
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philosphical
Pro (for)
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That, on balance, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has improved academic achievement in the U.S.

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Started: 2/9/2009 Category: Education
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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debatequeen97

Con

Hello my name is Gina Lee and I am on the negative behalf of the resolution which clearly states that, on balance, the no child left behind act of 2001 has improved academic achievement in the United States.
1)the NCLB fails to focus on students. According to the website entitled www.fixingNCLB.org, it is is stated that NCLB stifles student creativity, also known as America's ingenuity. Current research indicates that students have different learning styles. Moreover, the business community has been extremely vocal in calling on students to develop the capacity to "learn how to learn" – not just to remember data presented shortly before a test. What this means is that the NCLB is basically a trick and does not do any U.S. citizens and educators any good.
2)the NCLB fails to motivate students. According to www.NCLB.org, it is stated that NCLB reduces the quality of a student's day in school on multiple levels. Instead of engaging in a curriculum that relates to students' lives in lasting and meaningful ways, students are forced to engage activities dictated by someone else's agenda. The joy of life long- learning is replaced by a system void of self-motivation, exploration, and creativity. What this means is that the NCLB basically cheats students, parents, and teachers with this sort of cheat.
3)the NCLB can increase world poverty and drug-related usage. According to website www.accessmylibrary.com, it is stated that Increased crime rates and poverty in cities during the 1960s weakened inner-city schools, which are primarily composed of minority students. This weakness rooted in the 1960s has led urban students to lag behind their suburban counterparts in academic achievement. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the "achievement gap." In response, Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), a law aimed at decreasing the disparities in academic achievement between poor and wealthy schools. The primary feature of the ESEA was Title I, which provided (and still provides) the largest source of federal; funding for states' elementary education in history. The original incarnation of the ESEA focused on specific remedial programs, and the 1994 reauthorization focused on implementing uniform standards to which all students would be held. This legislation constituted a victory for the "standards movement," and laid the groundwork for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.What this means is that the NCLB is no good and is perhaps dangerous for the education for the United States. Thank you.
philosphical

Pro

i am terribly sorry. so so so so sorry. i read the resolution and decided to accept this debate. I didnt know you were the con the. i am the con on this issue too. good case though. again very very sorry. free win for you though at least :)
Debate Round No. 1
debatequeen97

Con

oh its okay. can you at least give some pro points so i can have some practice?
philosphical

Pro

um they would probably say something along the lines of

1. It helps all the lower educated kids stay with the higher ones

2. It it helps every one maintain the same levels of education, and its not like the higher leveled ones will get stupider.

3. It will help give the lower educated kids more educated and gives more time to them especially to learn.

um those would be the only ones i could think of. sorry. they are probably lame ones too ha ha
Debate Round No. 2
debatequeen97

Con

debatequeen97 forfeited this round.
philosphical

Pro

philosphical forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by philosphical 7 years ago
philosphical
lol i am confused as well
Posted by debatequeen97 8 years ago
debatequeen97
okay. however, how would pro win? i have been in a debate competition and if you dont have any points, the opposing team automatically wins. umm dURRR. lol. anyways, thanks for your worries and comment but no one really cares. lol. so yeah
Posted by Diatain 8 years ago
Diatain
If I had judged this, even as it was with Pro providing no points, Pro would have won. None of your points proved that NCLB did not improve academic achievement. All it did was say some bad things about it. I agree, they are problems, but they don't disprove that it has improved academic achievement.

Keep that in mind when arguing the Con.
Posted by bigbass3000 8 years ago
bigbass3000
I believe that the pro side has the advantage. If you really look at the topic you can find a lot of good stuff on pro. you just have to destroy a bias people have against the NCLB.
Posted by questionmark 8 years ago
questionmark
i agree, the intent was good, but i hate it because i always leave people in the dust at school, so this really holds me back
Posted by RoyLatham 8 years ago
RoyLatham
I think the debate is poorly framed with respect to the Con position. Con is claiming the purpose of education should be to foster fun and creativity, and not academic achievement. Academic achievement is indeed not the student's agenda, it is the academic agenda. The academic agenda is such non-fun non-creative things as reading and math. Therefore Con should have posed the debate such that fun and creativity were posited to be more important than academic subjects like reading and math that NCLB favors.
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