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Teacher and Administrator i The Teacher and the Administrator - Two Points of View on No Child Left Behind  Blake Roth ENG 106
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Teacher and Administrator ii Dr. Zhang March 24, 2010 Abstract This essay was written in response to the essay prompt on page 635 of the Elements of  Argument textbook, which reads “Whose argument do you find more convincing, Paige’s or  Weaver’s?  Why?”  This piece reviews the arguments set forth by both Paige and Weaver  regarding the effectiveness of the No Child Left Behind Law.  Information from outside sources  is used to evaluate the truthfulness of each author’s work.  Each author has legitimate  reasoning to back their claim, but Paige’s argument is based more on logic and objective fact  than is Weaver’s.  As a result, Paige’s argument is found to be more convincing.
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Teacher and Administrator iii The Teacher and the Administrator - Two Points of View on No Child Left Behind  The Teacher and the Administrator - Two Points of View on No Child Left Behind In May of  2004, Insight magazine published a symposium titled, “Are the tests required by No Child Left  Behind making schools more accountable?”  Two of the articles from that symposium are  reprinted in our text.  Rod Paige penned “Testing Has Raised Students’ Expectations and  Progress in Learning is Evident Nationwide,” which speaks out on behalf of the No Child Left  Behind (NCLB) act.  “NCLB’s Excessive Reliance on Testing Is Unrealistic, Arbitrary, and  Frequently Unfair” was written by Reg Weaver, and as the title implies, presents another point of  view regarding the act. In this essay, I intend to present whose argument I find more convincing  and why.   Rod Paige has been a teacher, coach, college dean, school board member, and  superintendent of one of the largest school districts in the United States (“Testing,” 2004.)  It  comes as little surprise to me that his point of view is administratively based.   He begins his work by reminding us that we are all tested in many ways throughout life,  from the cradle to the grave.  He reminds us that tests exist for a reason, and that they are  simply tool used to subjectively measure things.  These tools are used as an important  component of educational ability which he argues is at the core of the NCLB act. Mr. Paige  (2004) claims that the law has but one goal and that is to “get all children reading and doing  math at grade level.” 
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Teacher and Administrator iv The author notes that while this is a Federal law, it leaves many of the specifics to the  states departments of education.  While arguing in favor of state control, he also acknowledges 
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