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No Child Left Behind
in Education

By AlairesAlaires 38 Pts

Resolved: The No Child Left Behind Act should be abolished.

This is an arguable resolution. State below whether you are affirmative, (for) the resolution, or negative, (against) the resolution. In doing so, provide your arguments to support your conclusion. And feel free to debate those who have commented below. 


Resolution Analysis

To view the Act information, you can go here: https://www2.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml

  1. Do you agree with the Act implementation?

    5 votes
    1. Yes.
      60.00%
    2. No.
      40.00%



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  • Unless I'm confused, I think it was abolished already? 
    Retired DebateIslander, Former Earth Science Community Moderator, and ex-Flat Earther. 
  • AlairesAlaires 38 Pts
    It was by Obama. The resolution is focused on "should" (like it should be kept vs should be abolished based on its regulations and effects). @SilverishGoldNova
  • Well, it was one of the few good decisions Obama made.
    Retired DebateIslander, Former Earth Science Community Moderator, and ex-Flat Earther. 
  • I don't get it, how is this a good thing?
    Be tomorrow's hero, not today's idol.
  • How is it good that it was abolished?
    Be tomorrow's hero, not today's idol.
  • NopeNope 327 Pts
    someone234
    The no child left behind act put to much importance on test and had school have to get improving test scores or suffer the consicunces. It goals may not have been bad but it way of achieving the goals is often thought of as bad. Federal common core is no more. : )
  • @Nope so what do they compete by now then?
    Be tomorrow's hero, not today's idol.
  • VaulkVaulk 558 Pts
    edited March 14
    The removal of the No Child Left Behind act was good because:

    1. NCLB was a system that destroyed standards for education across the board by removing and replacing educators' ability to evaluate their own students for their learning potential and instead insisted that children be purely evaluated by their ability to take a test.

    2. The tests that NCLB required were designed by Frederick J. Kelly and the Man himself stated "These tests are too crude to be used and should be abandoned".  Standardized tests and the required preparation for them cuts 44% of the curriculum out of schools so that kids can learn how to take these tests that are too crude to be used.

    3. NCLB removed educators' ability to use customized education plans for Children who learn differently and instead requires public education establishments to standardize their methods of teaching and binds the hands of educators from adjusting their teaching for Children who have unique learning methods.  Each brain is different, all brains cannot learn the same way...NCLB did not recognize that.

    4. NCLB was designed to make states look better in education, if everyone takes the same test...we can get the numbers up on paper and you can't argue with numbers.  The problems is that taking standardized tests does nothing to educate Children and does not adequately prepare anyone for anything other that...you guessed it...taking tests.


    @someone234

    Children in school are competing against the established percentage now.  Meaning if the School requires you to successfully complete your schoolwork, homework, study material AND testing withn 70%...then your grade must meet the 70% mark.  Schools are required to adhere to curriculum standards but each state varies on curriculum.

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  • @Vaulk what's the alternative?
    Be tomorrow's hero, not today's idol.
  • VaulkVaulk 558 Pts
    @someone234

    The alternative is the program as it stood before No Child Left Behind.  Keep in mind this program didn't undo the original education program, it merely suppressed it and forced a curb.
    "If there's no such thing as a stupid question then what kind of questions do stupid people ask"?

    "There's going to be a special place in Hell for people who spread lies through the veil of logical fallacies disguised as rational argument".

    "Oh, you don't like my sarcasm?  Well I don't much appreciate your stupid".


  • I dont really like standardized testing, but I think it’s helpful. I know it seems stupid but it really has helped me improve my grades in ELA(a type of english class, st ands for English Language Arts), and math.
    Sovereignty for Kekistan
  • Then act was replaced by the: 

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a US law passed in December 2015 that governs the United States K–12 public education policy.[1] The law replaced its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and modified but did not eliminate provisions relating to the periodic standardized tests given to students.[2][3] Like the No Child Left Behind Act, ESSA is a reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which established the federal government's expanded role in public education. (Wikipedia)

    The simple fact is that everything in this country is now bought and paid for by corporate interests. The purpose of education at one time was to give a person the ability to think. A large part of that does involve supplying the student with the background knowledge (which requires a diverse curriculum) to make decisions. That is no longer the case. Much of primary and secondary education is now based on getting students past standardized tests. The entire purpose is to produce a worker with only the background skills necessary for their job. Thinking is now anathema to students and to much of our population.  Most students now enter college with the idea that college is a four year technical school. Sadly, colleges are now all about the money, and they tend to perpetuate that fallacy. There is nothing at all wrong with a technical degree, however, a country with a population which is largely illiterate in basic science, history, art, literature (etc.) is a recipe for social disaster.  


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