I think “No Child Left Behind” is at best well-meaning policy that attempts compassion and responsibility but at worst is the death of good teaching creativity and skill and possibly our education system. It’s been making a generation of teachers crazy in Texas, where it’s rooted, and will ultimately lead to a national teacher-principal uprising someday.
If you disagree, let me hear it. In trying to think through it, maybe one of us will change our minds.
Here is the football version.
I didn’t write this and don’t have a source, which is against my policy to post, but I’ve requested it from the person who sent it and I’ll try to track it down and place the source here later.
No Child Left Behind: The Football Version
1. All teams must make the state playoffs, and all will win the
championship. If a team does not win the championship, they will be on
probation until they are the champions, and coaches will be held
2. All kids will be expected to have the same football skills at the
same time and in the same conditions. No exceptions will be made for
interest in football, a desire to perform athletically, or genetic
abilities or disabilities, or if they just moved to your school
yesterday from above the Arctic Circle. ALL KIDS WILL PLAY FOOTBALL AT A
3. Talented players will be asked to work out on their own without
instruction. This is because the coaches will be using all their
instructional time with the athletes who aren’t interested in football,
have limited athletic ability . . .
4. Games will be played year round, but statistics will only be kept in
4th, 8th, and 11th games.
5. This will create a New Age of sports where every school is expected
to have the same level of talent and all teams will reach the same
minimal above average goals.
If no child gets ahead, then no child will be left behind.