No Child Left Behind
How could an idea be so wonderful but at the same time be so badly put together? No Child Left Behind is an idea like that. Although it is so great that every child is being given an opportunity, the attention being put on them takes away from that of the schools and teachers. There tends to be too much emphasis on special teaching methods needed to carry out No Child Left Behind. With special teaching methods come teachers that need to be qualified to teach them, thus costing the schools and tax payers more money for schools to hire them. And then even with more special teachers, schools need to maintain the standards held by state education rules, even though many times the ratio of disadvantaged students to normal students is not considered. When schools are deemed as “failing” because they could not meet the requirements, strong teachers could be at risk for losing their jobs. No Child Left Behind needs to be reconsidered because of the costs for qualified teaching methods, for the sake of schools meeting education standards, and for the teachers who are being put out of the job.
The first problem behind No Child Left Behind is the need for “qualified” teachers. A little over ten years ago, it would not be an issue whether an elementary school had more than one qualified teacher or not. Now with the States’ population of minorities growing, elementary schools are calling for more attention. “The new law mandates expanded emphasis on the education of subgroups of minority students, disabled students, and students whose native language is not English.” What about the students who are “normal”? (Cosmos, 1) This new law is requiring so many schools to hire new qualified faculty to teach all of these children. And what about the ones that are “normal”? They are not getting the attention that the other children are getting. If teachers have the patience for child who need the extra help it is...