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Last week President Obama announced changes to the mandates of the policy “No Child Left Behind’. The Feds have admitted that the flawed policy has fallen short of its goals and perhaps educational reform is best left up to each individual state. And to think it only took them ten years to figure that out.
Ten years were wasted under the implementation of a policy that was doomed to fail from the start.
Now, ten years later, the same “out of the box” thinking is being encouraged by the federal government to states who want to apply for a waiver which would allow them to break from key provisions required by NCLB. Ten years of prescriptive, hollow teaching programs, ten years of struggling students being bored to tears by double sessions of their hardest subjects, ten years of pure waste. And all because the federal government decided that maybe they should micromanage education. It is time that those who know nothing about education get out of the way of those of us who do. There is no federal meddling in the way firefighters, doctors or police officers are able to do their job. Teachers should be allowed to design and execute the programs, classes, curricula and policies that best suit their students in their particular situation. Nothing is ever concrete in education- the needs of students change from class to class as well as year to year. Get out of our way and let us do the job we were hired to do- educate kids.