Obama concedes No Child Left Behind is a failure

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    The No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law by George Bush in 2002 with one primary goal in mind: eliminate the educational achievement gap between blacks and whites. The program tried to achieve its goal by forcing schools to render ALL students, without regard to race, capable of passing standardized competency tests in math and reading by 2014. Schools with high rates of students unable to pass the tests faced teacher layoffs and closure.

    Ten years later it is abundantly clear the program is a failure. Obama has exempted 26 states from NCLB requirements and is adding to the list.

    The problem is largely with the black student population. No matter how much time teachers spend trying to prepare black children for the tests, their scores are on average two grade levels behind whites. The choice that confronts the government is to make the passing scores ridiculously low so that most blacks can be considered competent, or to maintain reasonable standards of competency – in accordance with the white norm – that turn out to be just too challenging for most blacks.

    Because so many schools are on track to fail to meet the 2014 deadline, Obama has thrown in the towel on NCLB.

    Question: what has caused a program, specifically designed to force states to educate blacks well enough to compete equally with whites, to fail? Was it:

    A) Our misguided welfare system that encourages single-mom families that fail to fully nurture black childrens’ innate intellectual abilities.

    B) Racist school systems with too many white teachers who subconsciously discriminate against black children and fail to help them to develop their inherent potential for academic success.

    C) Racist public officials who refuse to adequately fund schools that have a high percentage of black pupils, thus giving black children insufficient resources to obtain a good education.

    D) Blacks inherit genes that give them lower average IQ than whites.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/06/e...whittled-down-under-obama.html?pagewanted=all
     
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    D) Blacks inherit genes that give them lower average IQ than whites.
     
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    Where does it state that NCLB was designed SPECIFICALLY for Black children in that article? Why does it seem that you are singling out "the Blacks", no other demographics were covered by NCLB?
     
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    The article did not state that NCLB was specifically trying to alleviate black underachievement, and neither did I. Instead of trying to spin my post, why can't you deal with the facts? I said it was PRIMARILY a program designed to address low black achievement.

    According to the U. S. Department of Education, “The purpose and mission of the No Child Left Behind Act is to eliminate the achievement gap that exists between groups of students within our nation's schools.”

    What is the purpose of the No Child Left Behind Act ? -- Teacher Update

    As the DOE points out, the most glaring gap is the comparison between whites and blacks, because the white average establishes the benchmark for group achievement, and blacks have the worst group performance. In addition, underlying the imperative to raise black performance is the theory that white racism and neglect cause black underachievement. The politicians who enacted NCLB naively believed they could remedy this “injustice” by pressuring the states to devote more classroom resources to developing the intellectual abilities of black children.

    Ten years of NCLB’s pursuit of equality in group educational achievement has not reduced the black-white gap by a single point. This is crystal clear evidence that the education system is not the cause of the black-white achievement gap, and that there is nothing it can do to overcome it.
     
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    Schools love the money, not the increased standards, that come with the program.
     
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    you mean there is money that comes with NCLB ?

    AFAIK it was un unfunded mandate
     
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    Look at your OP, it SOLELY focuses on"the Blacks" when the link that you provided talks about Blacks and Hispanics and lower income children and families. So NO, the NCLB act was NOT made PRIMARILY for only Black people.
     

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