Tuesday, April 25, 2006

No Child's Behind Left Intact

The United States' No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 will do an excellent job of dumbing down education, ensuring that it can be rigorously measured by standardized testing. Of course, with standardized testing that "raises the bar", we can only expect that some children will not "measure up" to the task. But no worries, the U.S. military will be there to save the day. Section 9528 of the NCLB Act states that

"[...] each local educational agency receiving assistance under this Act shall provide, on a request made by military recruiters or an institution of higher education, access to secondary school students names, addresses, and telephone listings."

Those unable to "perform" and those simply too creative to survive the boredom and disinterest created by "bubble-in-the-right-answer" high-stakes testing and prescribed curricular programs won't be left behind. Unless they opt-out of this "privilege", their behinds will be offered a place on the front line.


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