posted on Nov, 13 2009 @ 05:51 AM
The problem with "No Child Left Behind" is that no child moves ahead.
Years ago in the 1970's, I was administered an IQ after much arm twisting by the elementary school, the PTO and friends of the family. Finally Mom
and Dad relented. The initial result was Mentally Retarded. That is until the administrator found out that I really had not had any exposure to
multiplication and division due to two years of combination classes (2nd-3rd grade and 3rd-4th grade) and being in the upper grade both years.
After that, the score was incalculable because I was able to struggle through multiplication based on the admin's weak definition. His exact words
was that the test results were well within the genius level, possibly above 200, however the results of the test were not to be revealed to me until
graduation from high school for fear that I would use that information to manipulate other students and probably teachers as well.
The results were shared with the rest of the teachers. I even had one teacher specifically tell me that I was not as smart as I thought I was while
receiving a standard punishment of breaking one rules at recess.
For a child, it is important that the illusion is kept that the teachers are the smartest people in the world. The reality is, that very few teachers
are above average intelligence. Once a child learns the truth, maturity level prevents the child from accepting the teacher as an authority.
But the real problem with the educational system is that it is a business. Lesson plans rarely exceed the information required to pass standardized
tests that really only evaluate the performance of the school to mould the information to the children. Real education does not begin until
undergraduate work in college. The level and style of that education depends largely on the school. And true exploration does not begin until graduate
Sure, education could and should be reformed. Hit the basics of the 3 R's K-3. 4-8 could be all what is taught currently in high school. High schools
would specialize in specifics much like undergraduate studies. And reserve colleges and universities for in depth study in fields that require them.
But that would require major reform in how teachers are selected and evaluated and a huge change in public perception of education.