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Eric Swalwell on Education

 

 


Abolish NCLB and teaching to the test

Abolish President Bush's No Child Left Behind: I will work to repeal President Bush's NCLB Act. In this changing economy, we need flexible standards that reflect regional needs. Not nationalized standards, that would expect the same of Birmingham, Alabama as Hayward, California. NCLB is hand-cuffing our teachers' ability to teach, putting a ceiling on our children's ability to learn, and unfairly labeling too many schools as "failing." The legislation must be reconsidered and rewritten, particularly in the areas of assessment and accountability.

Under the current law, teachers are required to ensure that students pass a test. Scoring poorly on a test does not mean that a student is poorly educated. Further, NCLB, prevents teachers from teaching a developing, high-performing child beyond the rigid, prescribed curriculum, i.e., at some point in an academic year, many high-performing students will hit a ceiling and will be deprived further learning.

Source: 2012 House campaign website, swalwellforcongress.com , Nov 6, 2012

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