I should have titled this “one of the last living defenders of NCLB speaks,” but it required too many characters for a headline. I am sure that in addition to the author of this article, NCLB is still defended by Sandy Kress, Margaret Spellings, and others who designed it. Maybe there are another 50 or 60 people who still defend it. I just can’t think of their names offhand.
Most people, including educators and parents, think of it as a disaster. Most think it turned our schools into testing factories and squeezed out such things as art, history, literature, physical education, science, foreign languages, geography, civics, and other things that are important. No one can deny the importance of basic skills but no one should claim that they are a complete education, or that scores on standardized tests are all that matters.
NCLB was and still is a landmark in the dumbing down of American education.
The writer is under the misapprehension that NCLB had something to do with raising standards. If only.
The author, it may not surprise you to learn, was President George W. Bush’s chief speechwriter from 2001 to 2006. He was also a member of the White House Iraq Group.