Argumentative Essay # 1 "Is No Child Left Behind a Flawed Policy?" There has been a wide range of positions and arguments posed when it comes to the “No Child Left Behind” Act, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on Jan. 8, 2002. The benefits and concerns of the NCLB act often seem to negate one other out in the argument over this controversial law. Frederick M. Hess & Chester E. Finn, Jr. look to underline all the act’s shortcomings, issues, and flaws. They are on the side that the No Child Left Behind act is in fact, a flawed policy all together. However, Dianna Piché (executive director of the citizens’ commission on civil rights) supports the act and believes that it is a great benefit for all parties and has evidence to back this claim. Although both sides presented solid claims and arguments whether in favor of support or against the No Child Left Behind act, I disagree with Dianna Piché. Early she is drawing a comparison between buying a 2001 desktop and someone saying it is bad in 2007 because it won’t run updated programs, and using it to defend states under the No Child Left Behind act “did not have the technology and other capacity to design and implement growth-measurements systems in the early years of this authorization” (Pg. 134). Essentially to me she is defending the shortcomings of this act by comparing an outdated piece of machinery not catching up with changes that come with the times. I argue that in my point of view, with that example, she is
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- Fall '08
- No child left behind Act, Child Left, Dianna Piché