In every instance where the federal government steps in and takes control of any issue, the costs skyrocket, efficiency nosedives, and in the end what we realize is….. what we think should be the focus, and what the true focus is, are two entirely different things. 

Never has this been more evident than with the miserable program known as [No Child Left Behind.] 

 

And didn’t that name just tug at your heartstrings?  Didn’t it evoke visions of every child in America having a chance at a real and useful education?  Didn’t you believe this program was going to raise the education level of every student across the board and help to make the country the standard for education in every area?  Couldn’t you just slap yourself for being so gullible?

 

Take a look at the chart below taken from:

http://www.all4ed.org/federal_policy/budget

 

 

In case you are not able to read the totals clearly, the budgeted amount the federal government is allocating to the [No Child Left Behind] program for 2009 is staggering; $59.21 BILLION. 

 

Although NCLB is touted as the way to create better schools, increase all levels of education and to increase the comparative education of our students in the world, the fact is, NCLB exists to do none of these things.  The intent of NCLB is to eradicate public education to facilitate the privatizing of education.  Once this is accomplished, quality education will be provided only to those who qualify to pay via vouchers provided courtesy of taxpayers.     

 

Wherever the potential for making a buck appears, there you will find the privatizer’s hard at work manipulating information and recreating it to benefit their objectives.  In this case, students are intentionally limited in their endeavors and instead of actually learning, are instead subjected to rote memorization of selected and limited information.  This of course, limits their overall education and ends with these students entering the workforce as low-level, low-wage employees.  But, those seeking to privatize what is, potentially the biggest taxpayer bankrolling of private interests see this as a boon to their end objectives.

 

As a means of labeling a school [needs improvement] which is indicative of nothing, special ed students and those who are learning English as a second or third language are required to be tested and those test scores are included in the school rating.  If there are less than 20 English learners, their scores are not counted. 

 

But who was the idiot that determined the test scores of impaired and challenged children should be included in the overall test scores of a school?  This is nothing more than a means to reduce the overall educational standing of the school allowing more federal interference and intrusion.

 

What is a highly qualified teacher….and what standards?

 

Under NCLB, teachers with college degrees, many of them with masters degrees are deemed [not highly qualified] and are forced to take additional college classes in order to keep their jobs.  No one seems to be quite clear on what the criteria is for this coercion and this labeling of [not highly qualified]. 

 

At the same time, any individual can become a teacher and be labeled [highly qualified] simply by demonstrating some kind of expertise in any given subject and they don’t even need a college education or degree to do so.  This seems to be limited to those expressing a neo-conservative mind-set, a willingness to promote global rather than sovereign citizenship, and those who think religion should be taught in public schools.

 

The objective of NCLB was never to better educate our children.  It was the latest attempt to de-educate them, limit them in their future prospects for employment and wages and to promote a global rather than sovereign view of the world.  Thanks to NCLB we are raising successive generations of students who lack any real education and who have been incrementally subjected to globalism. 

 

Although there are billions and billions allocated and authorized for this disgusting program, the fact is the federal government will actually pay only a fraction of the money allocated to the states.  Any state can opt out of NCLB and no state is forced to comply with an unfunded mandate, regardless.

 

Every state should opt out and end the program entirely.  The fact is, the funding allocated is your tax dollars that you paid.  Keeping those funds in state and managing educational needs would be far more efficient and effective without federal interference.  At the very least, we could begin actually teaching our children again, rather than subjecting them to memorization of limited information and setting them up for future failures.

 

© 2008 Marti Oakley