“aggregate level that the students perform.”The government should be setting ambitious goals and then urge everyone to attain them. With motivation from the government, instead of reprimanding, the results would come out better, and the No Child Left Behind Act could be improved, thus furtherimproving our school systems and completing the original goals of NCLB. Though I believe that NCLB is flawed, Piché does have a good point. NCLB has been doing good things for people, and has been a success in certain areas. Such examples include high-poverty, high-minority schools have achieved high academic success (Taking Sides 135). Where Piché and I disagree is in which she believes that the federal government should take more control and be more involved when it comes to NCLB, but I believe that they are taking a grip that is much too tight. She believes that the government should hold the states highly accountable for their educational systems, but I feel that the government is already holding the states accountable enough as it is. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has done a great job at promoting equity and opportunity in the public schools. I do agree with Piché in the sense that NCLB
should not be entirely abandoned. Just” like the civil right movement itself, the educationreform movement is in dire need of creative thinking…” but I do believe Hess and Finn when they say that “NCLB could have a bright future, if it gets an extreme makeover.” Either way, the future of public education is bound to be changed, whether the No Child Left Behind Act is changed and revised or abandoned completely.
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