The concept of No Child Left Behind is a great one. After all, the goal of our schools should be to ensure that every child succeeds.
But in its delivery, we get education for testing, not for learning.
With NCLB, children, teachers and whole schools are deemed successful or failing by the results of a single, multiple choice, fill-in-the-bubble test. This system of testing promotes a rigid, scripted and test-driven curriculum that has no room for real learning, the kind that encourages critical thinking and problem solving. This kind of curriculum has no room to nourish creative and artistic talent.
Such a curriculum, driven by NCLB, is a formula for mediocrity, a one-size-fits-all kind of mentality. Is this what we want for our children and for America's future?
Margie Wong Moradian