Essay about No Child Left Behind Law

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Throughout my early education in elementary school, I was fortunate to have teachers who were intellectual, creative, fun, and passionate about their job. They made the classroom exciting and memorable by assigning intriguing projects that revolved around art, science, history, and more. Unfortunately, today much of this creative freedom has been taken away from teachers. In 2002, President George W. Bush passed the No Child Left Behind law, which required public schools to test students and meet certain standards in order to receive funding. NCLB was supposed to ensure student and school success however, it caused a shift in curriculum that fails to cover a broad range of subjects and often overlooks upper level students. Instead of …show more content…
Without these extra funds they are unable to create programs to improve their students scores, which often leads to extreme measures such as closing schools. Throughout the United States “schools serving low-income students with crumbling facilities, overcrowded classrooms, out-of-date textbooks, no science labs, no art or music courses and a revolving door of untrained teachers, while their suburban counterparts, spending twice as much for students with fewer needs, offer expansive libraries, up-to-date labs and technology, small classes, well-qualified teachers and expert specialists, in luxurious facilities.” (Darling-Hammond 13) Instead, underperforming schools should receive more funding in order to provide similar amenities to students of all socio-economic backgrounds. No Child Left Behind declares that standardized tests only hold students accountable for their reading

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