Education Revolution: Why the No Child Left Behind Act Didn't Work

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Education is the foundation of American society. It empowers the youth of America to become the successful leaders this country needs for the future. Education has been one of America’s top priorities since 1965, when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed. Now, education is controlled by the No Child Left Behind Act, which was launched in January 8, 2002. This act was passed with intentions from the government to provide Americans with a more superior education system. However, The No Child Left Behind Act carried many flaws which were left unseen to a vast majority of the public. This act limited American students by not allowing them to demonstrate their full academic potentials while proceeding in school. While the…show more content…
This act got so many new families and supporting citizens on their side due to the way they reached out to different parts of the United States that they were able to establish a separate organization just for parents of students. The Parent Teacher Association group was made to further allow the guardians of students to be involved with their educations and the way they were run. This act differed from the No Child Left Behind Act because it did not set any sort of standard of education that schools had to meet. Although the Elementary and Secondary Education Act significantly aided the underprivileged students in America, there was no accountability on educators to keep up with a student’s progress along the way. Laws stated it was mandatory for teachers and schools to report every student’s test scores, but that was not the case. No responsibility was held on the school for the students who did poorly, and the law to report scores was rarely enforced. The problem with the way this system was run, was that it allowed the schools with more money to perform better because they had the extra resources to do so. The underprivileged schools were less motivated with fewer tools to work with, which put them at a lower level. When the education is different because of the area you live in, society is then held back by certain citizens not being as educated or successful as those in other areas. The two different levels of education do not go in sync with each
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