A Bit About The “End” of No Child Left Behind

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I’m not a fan.

I do think we need to have a nation education reform. I do believe that there should be as much federal oversight as possible in the name of equity. I just happen to disagree vehemently with the folks who’ve been doing education reform on the state and federal level. This ping-pong politic where we think we’re making a dent by giving education back to the states makes me nervous, even in “blue states” like New York. If we keep ping-ponging the same thing, i.e. standardized testing and the deprofessionalization of the teaching profession, then ESSA is no different than NCLB, RTTT, or whatever acronym you’d like to throw in my direction.

Can’t trust it, folks. Those of you believing the media hype that No Child Left Behind is over are in for a rude awakening when your schools stay underfunded and your child overtested.

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José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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  2. Even less than a fan, I’m a very angry public education advocate (not to mention a taxpayer) who abhors S 1177–Pay for Success–which will, in effect, keep special needs students from receiving services and will, in the process, make Goldman Sachs a LOT of $$$. Plus, those “blue” states aren’t necessarily true blue–< progressive Dems, more DINOs. It's ALL about the Benjamins, folks!

  3. What does ‘federal oversight’ look like? Is oversight the same as enforcement? If the current Education Act devolves into the ‘same ole – same ole’ then that’s either the letter of the law that’s flawed or the execution of the law, or some combination.
    Nobody, NOBODY in Washington knows more about my job or can tell me how to do my job better. I can accept the Feds conducting formative assessments (lol) of student progress, yet leaving it up to the primary stakeholders (parents – taxpayers – communities) to decide what to do with their education dollar.

    If our profession is ‘deprofessionalized,’ the primary culprits are us. If folks think ‘teacher leaders’ and their first image is Randi Weingarten/Wendy Kopp/Eva Moskovitz, there’s a problem. Those that know you know you’re a consummate professional, and I think the same is thought of me. There are far too many teachers and members of the ‘edu-bureaucratic complex’ whose words and behavior or extremely unprofessional; like unprofessional, abusive law enforcement, they need to find new jobs, too.

  4. I agree that overtesting is a big problem. I’ve seen that it takes away from hours that could be used to actually teach the students necessary concepts. This has led to teachers teaching to the test so that they could get good scores. The students only learn the procedure but not why it is done. Then there are children left behind.

  5. “Giving education back to the states” makes me nervous, too. I think there are definitely good reasons to have national standards; but is there a way to keep mega-testing corporations that also happen to sell textbooks from taking education over and warping it even further?

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