NCLB takes a giant step toward nationalizing elementary and secondary education, a disaster for federalism. It pushes classrooms toward relentless drilling, not something that inspires able people to become teachers or makes children eager to learn. It holds good students hostage to the performance of the least talented, at a time when the economic future of the country depends more than ever on the performance of the most talented.NCLB paired with the Spelling's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, which is poised to begin implementing standards at the college level, the P-16 national control of education will be all but complete.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Testing and national standards are the fuel that makes the engine of a planned economy run according to the demands of the state, not the dreams of the child.
And that Wall Street Journal reporter, he was wrong on both counts; it's happening and the American people are swallowing it hook, line, and sinker.
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