We all want our children to grow up healthy and knowledgeable about what is going on around them, to have values, to be loving, compassionate and understanding to everyone. We can teach them only so much, the rest they will learn on the streets from the people they hang out with and in school. Our children are our future. They all should have the best education that money can buy. They should be kept safe and not have to worry about drugs or violence in school.
Look at what is happening today in our schools, they are like fortraces, you have to walk through a metal detector to get in. How is this kind of environment supposed to encourage children to learn?.
Not long ago, there were regular schools and the disciplined schools. The kids that gave the teachers a problem where sent to the disicplined school to give kids that wanted to learn a chance.
Today, they just keep the problem kid in the same class making it harder for the kids who want to learn. Should children that want to learn be forced to be in the same class with children who have no desire to learn and waste the day interrupting classes and creating problems that affect everyone?
No Child Left Behind Act
Did you know that the No Child Left Behind Act actually leaves many children behind? When the No Child Left Behind Act was signed by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002, history was made. This historic educational reform gave more freedom to states and communities and held schools to stronger accountability.
The Act allowed parents the right to transfer their children to a different public school and take advantage of free tutoring if their school was failing or unsafe.
While the No Child Left Behind Act earned congress and President Bush major kudos when it was approved, it has turned out to be more destructive to the education of children than helpful.
First, the law requires that schools test students annually. Because there is enormous pressure for children to score well on these exams and because their teachers will be judged by their student's scores, many teachers are forced to narrow their curriculum and teach only the content of the exam leaving out many important lessons.
Another fault with the act is that if a child decides to transfer from a failing school to another public school, the failing school has to provide transportation, which will cost unnecessary money and make the school struggle even more.
Do you think all children deserve to learn in a positive, supportive environment? Do you think children should feel inferior especially those with special needs? Do you think schools and teachers should be penalized or labeled because of an exam score?
What can you do?
Stay informed. Communicate. Get in touch with your local, state and federal legislators. Go to a school board meeting and talk to the school board members. Write letters to the editors of your local papers to get the word out. It's not too late for change and a better education reform policy for our children.