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We trained hard–but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing. And what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.–Gaius Petronius Arbiter

The above quote pretty much sums up how I felt about implementation of the “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) Act. If you haven’t read this article yet from a past teacher on the Confluence, be sure and do so:

No Child Left Undamaged

Posted on September 13, 2008 by garychapelhill

[I spent several years working as a high school teacher.  I had always wanted to be a teacher and enjoyed it very much.  I was going to make it my lifelong career.  NCLB ended all that.  After George W Bush was appointed president by the SCOTUS in 2001, he was under some pressure to extend an olive branch to the Democrats.  Instead, with the help of Ted Kennedy, he offered them a Trojan horse called The No Child Left Behind Act:]

http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2008/09/13/no-child-left-undamaged/

Trojan horse is a perfect metaphor! (more…)

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