No Child Left Behind

2624 WordsMar 31, 200511 Pages
Introduction to this Paper The No Child Left Behind Act has stacked the deck against schools with special needs. At this point in time with the 2004 elections right around the corner, it seems that this Act is taking a lot of criticism for it's rigid approach to the educational progress of our children today. No Child Left Behind has some wonderful goals and aspirations: to "close the student achievement gap, make public schools accountable, set standards of excellence for every child, and put a qualified teacher in every classroom". (http://www.NCLB.gov) In this paper I will be discussing how this new law closes "the student achievement gap" and setting "standards of excellence for every child" using some of the psychological…show more content…
The NCLB Act has a goal of "closing the student achievement gap". (http://www.NCLB.gov) This gap is being measured by age or grade skill knowledge leading to what is called "adequate yearly progress". (http://www.NCLB.gov) There are test given yearly in math, reading and soon science to measure this progress. According to Piaget some children may not be cognitively ready for the type of assessment that these exams are measuring. So teachers feel the need to teach for the test. This creates a repeated experience therefore after time the practice of the test gets assimilated into the child's cognitive structural base. The test is therefore learned and not the subject matter. This in turns creates a false structural base in which new knowledge is built upon. Thus the student achievement gap is not closed it is widened. There are other areas where NCLB Act is flawed. The goal of "setting a standard of excellence for every child" (http://www.NCLB.gov) in this flawed because equality of family situations is assumed and that is not always the case. As teachers we can guarantee these standards in the classroom but we cannot do it in the family situations in the home. Introduction Part II- How Family Life Changes Cause a Flaw in this Law The functional groupings of families changed drastically from the 1920's to today in 2004. The American nuclear family has been dismantled and replaced by a grouping that is far

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