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What's in a Name?


With the Education Department reportedly planning to change the name of the No Child Left Behind law, Nancy Flanagan says she's still working on a recommendation, but is pretty sure it will include the word "investment."

Nations whose systemic education results are uniformly impressive invest continuously in people. And we should, too. No euphemisms, but lots of hard work.

Meanwhile, we can all take solace in the fact that the department has decided to get rid of the NCLB-branded plastic red-schoolhouse entranceway to its headquarters--which, as Flanagan memorably puts it, "looks like someone grafted a Bob Evans" onto the building. The symbolic connotations, in hindsight, are almost painful. ...


I'm so glad to hear this. NCLB is good in theory. We do need a way to assess if students are learning and teachers are teaching. Particulary in the nations low performing and at-risk schools. But not at the sacrifice of an innovative quality education. By not focusing on technology we are indeed leaving our children behind and the world is passing us by. I hope a portion of the new NCLB focuses on technology and the importance of using it to different things not just things different. The global technological world is forever changing and in order to prepare our students for it we must change with it and not be passive when someone "moves our cheese". Technology has become such a part of the norm that many of the students we teach will never fill out a paper job application. Also many of the students already use applications such as blogging, wikis, or podcasts and part of differentiating instruction successfully is to consider student interests. We must forever keep in mind that it is not about us but the future of our students, nation and world. Happy Independence Day!

I agree that NCLB is necessary to measure accountability for the learning that takes place in schools. However, will changing the name to include the word “investment” be enough to spur teachers to further examine their teaching methods? Reflection leads to motivation, motivation leads to change. Teachers, like me, have the NCLB theory looming above to remind us that we have to strive to become more effective teachers. It also reminds us of our motivation to teach—in our belief that all students can succeed.

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