NCLB has caused more damage, the longer it has been in place. I have no doubt that the testing emphasis on discrete skills, such as reading comprehension, taught and tested without meaningful materials has made students less worldly and less knowledgeable.
Paul Karrer teaches fifth grade in Castroville, California.
He is doing his best to educate parents and the public about the destructive farce called “reform” that is ruining education for his students.
A student returned to his classroom and asked him why he was no longer teaching as he had when she was a student.
He explained to her that a federal law called No Child Left Behind had changed the way he is allowed to teach.
Last year, he wrote a letter to President Obama that went viral. I am reprinting it here.
A Letter to My President — The One I Voted for…
Paul Karrer | Education Week | 02.02.2011
Dear President Obama:
I mean this with all respect. I’m on my knees here, and there’s a knife in my back, and the prints on it kinda match yours. I think you don’t get it.
Your Race to…
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