Karin Chenoweth writes in the Washington Post this morning exactly what needs to be said about the ‘No Child Left Behind’ (NCLB) law. The oft-ballyhooed line that teachers must now ‘teach to the test’ and fail to do anything original or creative in their teaching may be true, but teachers teaching to a test is better than the pre-NCLB situation where most teachers didn’t bother to teach anything at all. It’s a curious bit of revisionist history to pretend our schools were any better before NCLB than they are today. They weren’t. We need a wholesale redesign of how we educate people in this country, and NCLB was a [very small] step in the right direction. My only major complaint about NCLB is that it does far too little.

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.