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Congress’ work on revising the No Child Left Behind Act is going right down to the name, according to The Washington Post, with lawmakers saying they are considering a new title for the law. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), chairman of the House education committee, says the “No Child Left Behind” brand is too closely associated with an unpopular president and, if that weren't enough, is demeaning to schools and teachers. “People find it an incredible insult … that we are deliberately leaving children behind,” he explains. There appears to be no shortage of suggestions for a new name for the legislation. Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, recommends the “Quality for All Children Act,” while Miami University President Donna Shalala has put forth “Children First.” Andrew Friedson, student body president at the University of Maryland, takes a more (shall we say) critical approach, suggesting the “No Child Left a Brain Act” or “All the Money Left Behind Act.”

What would you name it?

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I have been a professional educator since 1960 and have witnessed many methods and theories that have come and gone. If we are to really help our U.S.A. students from pre-school through high school we need to look ahead and not focus on "behind"! Why not use the 'pay ahead' idea and use ideas such as "Looking to the future with our children!" or "Educating ahead for our future!" By looking always up and ahead maybe our teachers will be more inspired to the commitment and perseverance of teaching.
Ann Templeton: International Educator

As has been suggested many times, why not "No Child Left Untested"

As has been suggested many times, why not "No Child Left Untested"?

Just reverse the title to "The Every Child Moving Forward Act." The makers of the NCLB Act need to be realistic and recognize that every child is unique and learns at their own ability rate. It is time to use CHILD IMPROVEMENT as the accountability measure; look at EACH child's improvement from K-12. Politicians always want us to know how each voted on issues so we see them individually. Businesses spend a great deal of money marketing each product as unique. Our children deserve to be recognized for the beautiful individuals they are now and for the future within them that awaits our enrichment and nurturing.

Just reverse the title to "The Every Child Moving Forward Act." The makers of the NCLB Act need to be realistic and recognize that every child is unique and learns at their own ability rate. It is time to use CHILD IMPROVEMENT (Growth Models)as the accountability measure; look at EACH child's improvement from K-12. Politicians always want us to know how each voted on issues so we see them individually. Businesses spend a great deal of money marketing each product as unique. Our children deserve to be recognized for the beautiful individuals they are now and for the future within them that awaits our enrichment and nurturing.

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