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  •  I suggest reading the comments at the link (12+ / 0-)

    provided in the diary (here), particularly the one from "Kit."

    NCLB may have indeed made things worse, but "teaching to the test" is far from the main culprit.

    As a litigator in a major New York City law firm, I often supervised new associates who had graduated from the most prestigious law schools in the country.  Based on that experience, my conclusion is that the ability to write intelligently (or even intelligibly) ceased being taught long before the 2002-03 academic year.

    We must drive the special interests out of politics.… There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will neither be a short not an easy task, but it can be done. -- Teddy Roosevelt

    by NoMoJoe on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 01:16:00 PM PST

    •  I don't completely disagree (5+ / 0-)

      I think we can trace this back at least to 1983 with the release of A Nation At Risk, which started the ever-intensifying emphasis on test scores at the expense of real learning.

      But I assure you, in 18 years in public secondary school classrooms, things got much worse even with the brighter students beginning in the 02-03 school year, when NCLB went into effect.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:16:13 PM PST

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    •  Way before that. (3+ / 0-)
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      marina, T Maysle, LarryNM

      I started teaching in 1963, had children who went through school in the 70's and 80's and resumed teaching in the 80's.  It's been going steadily down hill throughout that period.  I fault lack of sustained, serious reading, as much as anything.  But the distractions of popular culture have also played a role.  Guess those two are related!

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