No child Left Behind is without question the most destructive, the most intrusive, and the most misguided federal education legislation in history.
It has undermined federalism and put the federal government in charge of very public school in the nation, a role unimagined when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed in 1965 or when the Department of Education was created in 1965.
It has usurped the role of state and local authorities.
It has made standardized testing the be-all and end-all of education.
It has labeled children, teachers, principals and schools by test scores.
It has been responsible for the closing of schools whose “crime” was that they enrolled to many students with low scores.
Yet at Congressional hearings, none of these issues were raised. Instead, friends of tough accountability demanded more NCLB, please. More accountability, please. More of what’s harming children, please.
Who elected these people? To whom do they listen?