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A quiz implemented by an organization known as the Common Core has left 17- year olds across the country stumped. In January, Common Core contacted about 1200 17-year olds to ask them 33 multiple choice questions about history and literature. The No Child Left Behind Act focuses too much on reading and math at the expense of other basic components of a public education. The group feels that every child should have a comprehensive liberal arts and science education. While the results of the test may speak to the inadequacy of the No Child Left Behind Act, it also speaks to the inequality of public schools across the country. Although the article does not specify which teenagers from which areas fared better or worse than others, the fact that some of these students were able to answer questions that others were not leads to the conclusion that they are all
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Unformatted text preview: not being taught the same material. Although the article states that the 33 questions were multiple choice and were drawn from a federal government test administered in 1986, it doesn’t say the general difficulty of the questions, whether or not students were time-restricted in their responses, or how the organization chose which questions they felt should be administered on the quiz. Two of the founders do not place the blame entirely on the No Child Left Behind Act. One of the main problems they find is not necessarily with the act itself but instead focus on a result of No Child Left Behind: “The nation’s education system has become obsessed with testing and basic skills because of the requirements of federal law, and that is not healthy”....
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