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scmucas2001
Think! It's not illegal yet.
07:00 PM on 03/09/2011
Schools are not failing our children. Those who run the schools are failing our children. Glad handing, back stabbing, good for nothing politicians who wouldn't know a decent education policy if it bit them.
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06:58 PM on 03/09/2011
"No Child Left Behind is broken and we need to fix it now," Duncan said in a statement. "This law has created a thousand ways for schools to fail and very few ways to help them succeed."

NCLB isn't broken it is working just as it was intended to work. It was written to create "a thousand ways for schools to fail and very few ways to help them succeed" so that U.S. education k-12 could be privatized and teachers unions destroyed. As far as I can see it is working it's magic!
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Frustrated in PA
I am not frustrated, I am NOW disgusted
06:54 PM on 03/09/2011
Wow, just wow. Secretary Failed B Ball player waits 2 years before addressing what all of us knew already?? He addresses this AFTER he establishes his "Race to the Top" which requires MORE testing in the vein of increased NCLB standards. What is he doing? Is he that obtuse?

And while he contradicts his own action, here in the gloriousness Commonwealth of PA, our GOP governor just announced over $550 million, OVER 50%, in cuts to K-12 education. ALso, over $650 million in cuts to higher education. All total, approximately 1.3 BILLION. Yes, you should hear the f00ls who have buyer's remorse now that they voted against their own interests. We tried to warn them, they wouldn't listen.

Mr. Corbett prefers his electorate to be uneducated and du mb. It is easier for him to win office. Oh but a really really good thing is that he actually INCREASED abstinence only education to 2.5 million. You know, that "just say no" nonsense that was an epic failure??
06:54 PM on 03/09/2011
The percentage will go up each year until 2014 as the bar is set at 100% fluency for all schools to achieve.
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nofriendofrepublicans
Mother friendly.
06:49 PM on 03/09/2011
Then you should be fired Arne.
06:47 PM on 03/09/2011
No Child Left Behind is truly the most ridiculous feel-good act that has ever been passed by congress.

The very idea that EVERYONE can be "proficient" (e.g. at least average) in ANY subject is truly absurd made ludicrous by fifty different definitions of "proficient".
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lisakaz2
Da ministero dell'interno di Snark.
06:50 PM on 03/09/2011
Actually, it was only to make the test-makers are administrators feel good, if ya wanna cut thru the Bee Ess.
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tbone99
cruisin' duality
07:07 PM on 03/09/2011
you mean to make the test makers RICHER, doncha Lisa?
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TitaniumAvatar
Sinister yet Dexterous
06:45 PM on 03/09/2011
82 Percent Of Schools Could Be Labeled 'Failing'...unless we start grading on a curve.
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Francesca1953
A mind is like a parachute-only works when open
06:41 PM on 03/09/2011
"No Child Left Behind is broken and we need to fix it now," Duncan said in a statement. "This law has created a thousand ways for schools to fail and very few ways to help them succeed."

Ok....I've been teaching now for 32 years....I could have told you the minute that NCLB was signed that it was going to be a disaster. The government has wasted countless dollars and the children's time coming to this conclusion. That's what you get they make up the rules.
06:38 PM on 03/09/2011
Maybe they could get their kicks by publicly hanging us. Oh, by the way, the NICU's are full of newborns addicted to prescription pills. They will be in our schools in 5 years. We will do our best to make them ready for Harvard.
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mikey09
Living off the grid.
07:08 PM on 03/09/2011
I was talking to a teacher the other day and she told me that some schools now have more special education and behavioral problem classes than Kindergartens....
09:04 PM on 03/09/2011
I had to cover a kindergarten class one day last week and do some curriculum. I looked around the classroom and thought, " Oh dear, God, we are in trouble!". We are seeing more speech and language problems than in previous years. In our young children we are starting to see eye malformations. One eye is fine, the other is not symmetrical with the first and drooping. It makes you wonder what were the drugs on the street 6 years ago. This is reality for us.
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TggerJen
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07:28 PM on 03/09/2011
Our public school students and teachers are quite literally set up to fail. The people who have access to children first and most are parents and yet how many get to Kindergarten or First Grade under-prepared or entirely unprepared? How many don't spend hours of quality time with parents learning good values and how to behave each and every day? How many parents haven't taught their children the basic problem-solving skills that children learned at home for generations? How many don't read to their children every day? How many don't stop to provide age/cognitive development appropriate explanations when their children ask questions? How many don't teach their children basics at all at home?
These questions are rhetorical, of course. The answer is (in each case): too many. And the condition that children arrive in when they get to school determines their success or lack thereof more than anything teachers can do in overcrowded classrooms where not enough of the children behave themselves.

When we really care about our children they won't be overweight, over-medicated, and under-prepared. Until then, it's silly to talk about nonsense like teacher accountability - teachers aren't the ones who need to be held accountable. It's disgusting to talk about school choice and vouchers- that's just another way to launder money to rich people at our expense. And it's not going to change until we care about our children, start to support our parents and families, and care more about the future than our convenience currently. When we care enough, we need to change the system to fit current realities; children can no longer be moved on an industrial conveyor belt of education where they all start first grade at about the same age, move to second grade at about the same age, and etc. Children learn different things at different speeds, and the more diverse our society is, the bigger the differences in learning for our children. Children should move to the next level when they have mastered the current level, and not before. We need to stop using calendar age to move children as it's not relevant to academic success or mastery or acquisition of skills and knowledge. Children should be grouped by skills/knowledge/readiness for the next level only. School should go all year as we're not an agrarian society any more. Children can leave school for a time and then start again where ever they 'test in' when they return. Testing should be subject matter tests for mastery, and we should get rid of tests for K-12 (they're not so bad for college placement but have no place in K-12).
When children are placed and advanced correctly, when schools are structured correctly, when parents are involved and concerned and supported correctly, when teachers are supported sufficiently- then we'll get great results from our K-12 system, not before.
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Mike Smither
06:38 PM on 03/09/2011
forget it.if a kid wants to learn he will.if not he won't.all this enginering is a
waste of time.Has been and always will be.
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mikey09
Living off the grid.
07:14 PM on 03/09/2011
Some large urban areas have 50-60% drop out rates...
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BobVADemHawk
Stony Creek News Service EP & Reagan Democrat
06:36 PM on 03/09/2011
Mr. Secretary, the problem is not with NCLB. NCLB shows us just how far behind we're getting in public education. It does not surprise me the least bit that upwards of 82% if U.S. schools are sub-standard because at every opportunity, the GOP guts the education budget to give tax breaks to their fat cat benefactors. End this charter school nonsense and get back to properly funding education in this great nation. Education spending should only be second to national defense and entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.
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GlennWatson
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06:34 PM on 03/09/2011
Thank God the Federal Government is finally here to save us from the federal government.
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CPNASH
09:54 PM on 03/09/2011
Phew!!...I wos quite worried bout my edakashon there for a secnd!
06:31 PM on 03/09/2011
How convenient it is that Arne doesn't bother to mention his Race to the Top is modeled after NCLB, has absolutely no basis in research or facts, and only furthers the corporate take over of public schools. I, for one, am sick of hearing this guy's smoke and mirrors...
06:29 PM on 03/09/2011
These schools are only 18 percent behind Duncan who is a 100 percent fail.
Nothing this guy advocates works: merit pay, value added, charter schools, more standardized testing, mayoral control----all do not work.
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moonwatcher
06:25 PM on 03/09/2011
The public schools have produced many scientists and engineers in America. We have students in colleges now that are proficient and excel. I don't care what statistics that Duncan
uses. The next time a Presidential candidate runs for public office, I will not vote for him if he does not have the public school experience. The public school are what has made America great. They may be going through a tough time now but traditionally they have done the job. These elitists who never have attended a public school in their life are trying to destroy public education.
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lisakaz2
Da ministero dell'interno di Snark.
06:27 PM on 03/09/2011
Of course they are. It's because their laaazy, unmotivated, silver-spoon kids can't hack any competition from hungry, less privileged but well-educated students.
06:43 PM on 03/09/2011
I was thinking the same thing. Where did all these intelligent, educated, thoughtful people that I know come from?

Teaching to a test is not a good idea. Teaching how to think and instilling intellectual curiosity is a good idea.