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Has the No Child Left Behind Act done more good than harm?

  • Teaching to the test is exactly what we need to do

    Everyone is saying that it requires teachers to teach for the test, but that is exactly what is needed. Kids will become better with the things that they need to know, rather than what the teachers want to teach them. These tests set the bar for where students should be. In a country where you need to get better test scores to do better in life.

  • Teaching to the test is exactly what we need to do

    Everyone is saying that it requires teachers to teach for the test, but that is exactly what is needed. Kids will become better with the things that they need to know, rather than what the teachers want to teach them. These tests set the bar for where students should be. In a country where you need to get better test scores to do better in life.

  • It is hurt america

    NCLB has left students lazy and unprepared for college it also has force to teacher to teach in the worst manner ever pressure the student an instructors it has also now all about budgets instead of producing smart people in the working place i think we should have a act to place standards on schools but this one look how far behind america is from the other countries this is not a good deal

  • Held Schools Accountable

    The No Child Left Behind Act held schools accountable for their teaching methods. Instead of passing kids simply because they wanted to inflate graduation statistics, something had to be done to make sure schools were providing the services needed for kids. The program wasn't perfect and it did rely on standardized testing. However, standardized tests are what is needed to enter college. If the ultimate goal is to get a higher education, then No Child Left Behind simply prepared kids for college life a lot sooner.

  • No Child Left Behind is bad

    No child left behind sets funding standards based on graduation rates and passing rates on classes and tests. The theory was that it will push kids to do better, in fact it makes administration push teachers to pass along kids who don't understand material. I am currently a 9th grade math teacher who teachers several students who have not passed a math class since 3rd grade. It's not helpful.

  • The No Child Left Behind act.

    Yes. It is harming the kids that excel. The teachers are now focused on the low achieving students and not the ones that are advanced. It also takes money away from the schools that are low achieving and they are supposed to improve with now those lower funds. The focus should also be on the high achieving students.

  • No, the No Child Left Behind Act has not done more good than harm

    No, I believe the No Child Left Behind Act has not done more good than harm. Though our school system is in dire need of reform, the NCLB has not helped in any significant way. It was intended to educate all students more efficiently by improving teaching and thus improving grades, but in reality, it did the opposite. All it did was cause teachers to worry about their job safety, which in turn caused them to teach the students how to pass the test instead of actually learning the material, and in the end the students were in the same bind as they were before No Child Left Behind was ever enacted.

  • Yes

    It is harming the kids that excel. The teachers are now focused on the low achieving students and not the ones that are advanced. It also takes money away from the schools that are low achieving and they are supposed to improve with now those lower funds. The focus should also be on the high achieving students.

  • Nobody actually got any better.

    The No Child Left behind Act did not actually help kids learn. It trained them to pass tests. They were taught to pass these tests, and pass them they did-- or they just cheated. However, that doesn't mean they actually get out of school with any more valuable skills than before.

  • No Child Left Behind has caused a lot more harm than good.

    NCLB has forced schools to change their curriculum to the point that it is mostly multiple choice based. Students are able to make it all the way to their Junior year of high school with barely having to write more than a paragraph or two in an English class. Students are also not as required to have creative and critical thinking moments, they are more forced to decide the best choice out of the things that are presented to them. It is painful to see students struggle when they are presented with infinite choices when not even ten years ago students begged to have freedom to think on their own. NCLB has made students more robotic, less free and more expected to be handed answers rather than to learn.


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