Thursday, December 23, 2010

Time to revisit NCLB

Whatever else the No Child Left Behind Act is,
it is a deliberate and concerted effort to take groups of children with nothing in common but the year of their birth, and then try to make them think as one for twelve years.

It is doing more harm than good.

It is also the elephant in the room,
everyone can see it, but nobody is doing anything to stop it
from trampling our children.

It is time as well to deal with all of the elephants;

  • the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS,
  • the abdication from accountability as role models of the student standards of conduct; the Pillars of Character Counts!, a nationally recognized, accepted, and respected code of ethical conduct.
  • the ongoing denial of due process to more than 300 whistleblower complaints
  • the hiding of evidence of felony criminal misconduct involving senior APS administrators,
  • a complacent or complicit District Attorney
  • a complacent or complicit State Auditor
  • a complacent or complicit Attorney General
  • a complacent or complicit Foundation for Open Government.
  • a complacent or complicit ACLU NM,
  • a complacent or complicit Chamber of Commerce, and
  • a complacent or complicit press, even in the face of elections

Not to mention, the illegal use of a publicly funded private police force, to deny the free exercise of constitutionally protected human rights.

“The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference” Bess Myerson

All that is necessary for this evil to prevail, is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke

Over time we will forget the words of our enemies, but we will never forget the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King

If we want our children to grow up to embrace character
and courage and honor, someone has to show them
what it looks like.

Someone has to show them what it looks like to hold yourself
honestly accountable to meaningful standards of conduct.

You pick a side, when you don't pick a side.

photo Mark Bralley

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

NCLB is a political feel-good act created by bureacrats, with only their interests in mind.
NCLB was not created by teachers or Ed admin that actually work with kids...they had no input.
NCLB does not recognize culture, art, creative nor even critical thinking. It's about sucking up facts, then throwing them back up on a test... and sometimes those facts aren't commonly accepted by every educator.
NCLB bust's teachers humps while politicians pat themselves on the back for beating on the public schools for low performance.