Arne Duncan and NCLB; Public Education Needs a Break from Both
This federal Big Brother idea made people on the right AND on the left unhappy. That's quite the trick for one law.
The one usefulness of NCLB was that it forced districts to account for every - single - student. As they should. But trying to fit all these students - ELL, Sped, homeless - into the same testing box with everyone else was never going to work.
But what everyone should understand about public education over, say the last 15 years, is very much like the old Billy Crystal routine where he imitated Ricardo Montalban and said, "It's not how you feel, it's how you look and you look mahvelous."
There is an awful lot of PowerPoint and meetings and initiatives and goal-setting and rubric-making and then, it usually goes very, very quiet. There are long titles after people's names and we call employees "human capital" instead of "human resources" (which is what employees are if you are a humane person and not a corporate person).
Meaning, a lot of fluff and not much else. My perception, after all these years, is that many people at the top in education want to burnish their resume and will run at the first failure to the next big thing. Or, if they are like Arne Duncan, the person AT the top, will just ignore the warning signs.
This needs to stop.
I have done several speeches about public education to Dems. I have told them that local control IS everything. I don't have a problem with national Seattle Schools Community Forum: Arne Duncan and NCLB; Public Education Needs a Break from Both: