“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Often as a nation our politicians and many others speak about how they love and care about our children. Maybe they only mean their OWN children. HYPOCRITES! Dare I say, LIARS! In the USA local government has to pay for almost all cost of education in every state. Who suffers the most? Our public school children, our small things!
To add to this insult, the Department of Education requires local schools to follow No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and its testing, or often the federal government has withheld government funding. I call this testing: NO CHILD LEFT WITHOUT ANXIETY. This is one of the cruelest things we can do to American school-age children. As far as I’m concerned, it is emotional abuse.
One year while I was teaching younger children in a public school, (prior to that time, I had taught mostly in private schools where there was no NCLB) I taught and prepared children for testing. I was shocked to witness that the last TWO months of the school year were dedicated to preparing for the test, administering the test, and then retesting. This is common across the USA. In the state where I lived then, high-stakes testing began in the third grade. Many second graders there were anxious to move up to the third grade because of that high-stakes testing.
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