Why ‘No Child’ Was Needed

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 putting his opinions on his website since 1995—before most people knew what a website was. He has been a professional web developer in the public- and private-sector for over twenty years. He is an independent constitutional conservative who believes in human rights and limited government, and a Catholic Christian whose beliefs are summarized in the Nicene Creed. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. He loves Pink Floyd and can play the bass guitar . . . sort-of. He’s a husband, pet lover, amateur radio operator, and classic AMC/Jeep enthusiast.