No Child Left Behind: President Obama To Let States Opt Out of Program. Will This Make a Difference?

No Child Left Behind

The No Child Left Behind program certainly has a nice ring to it, no one wants to see a child left behind in school. But in practice the program has more problems than pluses. Obama said on Friday morning, “we can’t let another generation of young people fall behind,” and No Child Left Behind was seemingly doing just that.

The education initiative put into place by President George W. Bush has been controversial since day one. One of the biggest issues, educators teaching to the test and creative thinking and the fostering of the imagination being sacrificed for making sure the schools meet their testing goals. And if the school doesn’t meet the goals and fix them in a timely matter, conditions just get worse with even more budget cuts and layoffs as part of the punishment for not being up to snuff. “These problems have been obvious to parents and educators all over the country for years now,” Obama said.

But that may all change, if the state you live in wants to.  The plan? Obama’s plan will let states file a waiver so they do not have to adhere to the No Child Left Behind rules, but to get the waiver approved, the standards will have to be raised in the first place. “Our kids only get one shot at a decent education. They cannot afford to wait any longer. So, given that Congress cannot act, I am acting,” Obama said. “We are in the midst of an enormous economic challenge,” Obama continued,”the most important thing we can do is make sure that our kids are prepared for this new economy.”

“Today, our kids trail too many other countries in math, in science, in reading. And that’s true, by the way, not just in inner-city schools, not just among poor kids; even among what are considered our better-off suburban schools we’re lagging behind where we need to be,” Obama stated.

Do you think this will make a difference or is it just a tiny fix in a very broken situation?

Image: Flickr