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Secretary of State Says Bush Won Her Over With NCLB

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Back in 2000, Republican presidential candidates courted foreign policy expert Condoleezza Rice, right, to advise them. One thing that appealed to the Russia expert about George Bush was his proposal to give "equal opportunity to black and white students" under NCLB.

That's what the secretary of state tells The Washington Times in an interview published today.

(Note: Rice's remarks about NCLB are on the jump of the story. They aren't included in the video that goes with the story.)


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In the interview, Secretary Rice says that NCLB has been “successful.” Obviously she is not aware of the many published reports that say that despite increased funding and time spent on reading, there has been no improvement on state or national reading tests that can be attributed to NCLB.

Sec. Rice is quoted as saying that NCLB gives “equal opportunities to black and white students.” NCLB doesn’t give opportunities to anybody. It adds a huge amount of testing, which has not been shown to be of any benefit, and imposes a rigid teaching method and does not increasing resources.

You have a flat tire. A government agent pulls up behind you, and instead of helping out, takes out a stopwatch to see how quickly you can change it. That’s NCLB.

Obviously Sec. Rice hasn't been in a classroom in awhile or a realistic one, for that matter. I am getting ready to go to work to another day of testing; in Penna. the PSSA. My students are so tested out, it is pathetic. And because they are a 'sub-group' (deaf and hard of hearing), they are seen as part of why our region is failing. Real teaching is frowned upon these days. Test practice is what it is all about. What a farce!

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