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With support for NCLB/Helter-Skelter faltering in Congress as the country wakes up to the stupidity of the change strategies and the damage being done to its schools, No Child Left has accompished its goal, the repeal or drastic amendment of the law. Publication of the journal stopped with the May 2007 issue but the site will remain as an archive of articles exploring the distortions, simple-minded thinking and fraudulent notions hidden within this dangerous experiment.

Repeal or Amend NCLB

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With its narrow focus upon math and reading test scores, NCLB (No Child Left Behind) is seen by some as a dangerous experiment that threatens to disrupt and dilute the education of millions of children.

Hidden within this law and the rules promoted by the Ed Department are dozens of changes that are untested, unproven and laced with political motives that could do great damage to public education.

A more accurate name for this law would be Helter-Skelter: An interruption of regular procedure or of public peace: agitation, commotion, disorder, disturbance, stir, tumult, turbulence, turmoil, uproar. (Roget's II: The New Thesaurus) "Higgledy-piggledy; in hurry and confusion" - E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898

The early focus on labeling schools as failures when combined with parental choice provisions represents an assault on public education, allowing virtual elementary schools, faith-based tutoring and other untested charter alternatives to creep into public systems with public tax money.

This Web site and the monthly e-mail publication No Child Left are committed to the repeal or drastic amendment of NCLB before it works irreparable harm on the public education system with its rash experiments and over-regulation of public schools.

How ironic that politicians, quick to complain about federal regulations to protect the environment from polluters or regulations to protect consumers and pensions from corporate fraud, climbed on a bandwagon to regulate schools.

While NCLB pretends to champion disadvantaged children, the law is likely to condemn those students to educational poverty, narrowing goals to focus upon basic reading and math skills. The impact of this simplistic approach to school reform is likely to be devastating - depriving a generation of children of their democratic birth right.

No Child Left is published by FNO Press in Bellingham, Washington.

This site is produced by Jamie McKenzie

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