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    Since a few of you listed it as a campaign issue, what are some thoughts on the issue?

    I think education is an issue best left up to local and state governments.

    Issues that public schools face in one region or economic sector are often very different than schools in another.

    When the federal (and usually state) government passes down policies to fix a problem in some schools, it usually causes problems for others.

    I think the feds and states should allow local districts live and die by their own decisions and not strap them with regulations that private schools don't have to deal with.

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    I work in education and I think the No Child Left Behind Act is the dumbest thing in the world. Kids are taught to test and that's about it. Science and History are left by the way side. This Act is expecially hurtful to the poor school districts. Its really brought our education system down to the gutter and Utah has is right by boycotting it. I wish all states would.
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    I teach and I haven't had a problem with NCLB as of yet. A few people I teach with have had to take classes or tests to be highly qualified. I teach in a low population, high achieving state so it hasn't been a huge problem here. My school has taken steps to be more proactive in teaching of reading and writing. This had taken place in all core classes not just English or Lit. classes. This has been the biggest problem area for our district. Without the boundries set by NCLB I sincerely don't believe that our district would have been as concerned or done as much. I know it has made most of our teachers work harder because we have missed AYP in the past. Like I said, I can only speak for my situation but how can forcing public schools to be more accountable for what and how they teach kids be a bad thing? (Wish we could do the same with parents) I'm also not saying that I think NCLB is perfect by any stretch of the imagination but something had to be done. We have left it up to the states for years and it was in the crapper in many areas long before NCLB came along.

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    It's not that they are being held more accountable, which I think is good, its that they have literally taken away electives and various subjects, in order to concentrate more on Reading, Writing and Math and that's it. Sciene, History, Art, Music, Computers and more traditional classes are no longer encouraged because districts are more concerned with NCLB. In the small rural or poor areas, this is where its being hurtful the most. Kids are coming into college with less and REALLLy being left behind.
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    how can forcing public schools to be more accountable for what and how they teach kids be a bad thing?

    118 said it above. Teaching to test.

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    I can't disagree with you. I'm just telling you what I see.

    Maybe some you know, do they test in other countries? What does the curriculm for secondary schools look like in Canada or the Netherlands etc

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    I know in countries in Europe, they are taught at least 4 different languages by the time they reach their Jr yr, have already been taking advanced calculus, physics and chemistry, and know more about US History than majority of US people.
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    Is that in all schools? Do they track their students to different levels of school?

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    I don't know for sure.
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