What is one of the most important things in a child’s life? Education. It is the key to living and contributing to society. Although the American educational system seems to be teaching and helping its students; Americans, in general, believe the system is failing.
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program was put into place in 2001, to help schools teach students and help advance their performance in mathematics and reading. Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, and author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, elaborates in her book about the No Child Left Behind program and its effect on the schools and students. Diane states, “[NCLB’s] simpleminded and singular focus on test scores distorts and degrades the meaning and practice of education.” (Ravitch). She believed that the program did little to help those schools with a low performance. The program was all based on how well the students did on the assessments and if they were proficient, it did not take into account the growth of the child. She states, “The most toxic flaw in the NCLB was its legislative command that all students in every school must be proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014, including those students with special needs, students whose native language is not English, students who are homeless and lacking in any social disadvantage, and students who have every social advantage but are not interested in their school work.” (Ravitch). The No Child Left Behind program is not the only program put into place to try and help students better their education. Recently, the school districts, in Idaho, have started focusing on the new Common Core standards.
Common core “provide(s) a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” (Common Core State Standards Initiative: Preparing America's Students For College & Career). The Common Core program was put into place to offer help to students just as the No Child Left Behind program was initiated in the past. Common Core focuses similarly on mathematics and English standards. The mathematic portion focuses on if a student can use logical reasoning to understand and solve problems. The English portion focuses on better: reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening skills. Common Core standards were adopted in Idaho in 2011 but were not fully implemented into the Idaho school districts until the 2013-2014 school year.
The education system of today is failing students. It is obsolete, the world and the needs of the students have changed but the...