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  •  frankly (4+ / 0-)

    After going through the HELL that Federal education regulations (NCLB) has foisted on our schools, I can understand the sentiment.    

    Since today, I had to drop my child off for her FOURTH STAAR test of her little eighth grade life, today, in particular, I am inclined to fight ANY attempt by our federal government to meddle in our schools, include meddling by our first lady in what my child eats.      She picked the wrong year to put a spotlight on federal meddling in state schools.

    I am tired of being obsessed with the STAAR.  I am tired of my daughter coming home and explaining how her school has been attempting to terrorize her about the STAAR, about how it is being catastophized, and reading email after email after email about the STAAR, STAAR, STAAR, and talking to other parents who say their kids are suffering from severe anxiety after what their schools are putting them through...

    ALL because of federal educational "reforms".

    It's like watching a slow motion train wreck, while strapped to the cow catcher on the front of the train..   You would think the STAAR is going to end world hunger and bring world peace, and defeat the Jihadists, the way they hype it.

    At this point, the Feds have completely alienated me, with regards to their ideas of education "reform".  I believe their best role in education is to roll out tools and materials that states can CHOOSE, or choose not to, use.     If they do a good job, states will be glad to save money and use what Feds offer.  If they don't, I believe states should have the freedom to have better ideas.  The best reform I can think of right now is for the Feds to roll back their recent "reforms" and put it back the way that it was.

    The Feds have done good things in the past, but right now, their reputation is in tatters, and their butt is showing.

    If there's anything that there is a fairly broad consensus on in this country, it is that "No Child Left Behind" is a disaster.

    •  My point was about right-wingers, BUT (1+ / 0-)
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      You make an excellent and effective point. The legacy we as a nation have about hovering over our kids and worrying about who has a say in their education is creating a generation of worried people who simply won't care about furthering their education or even thinking critically about political issues. They will simply check themselves of the process and let the Conservatives and Corporations take over what is supposed to be a democracy.

      •  I understand your point (2+ / 0-)
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        GarySeven, Neuroptimalian

        And, my point is that, as a progressive, I used to be supportive of federal influence on our schools.  However, as a parent, I have become more aware of being strangled by federal red tape to the point that I find federal intervention to be more of a curse than a blessing, no matter how well-intentioned that it is.

        Therefore, the federal government has lost my support, and, I suspect, the support of many other people (parents, school administrators, teachers, local and state politicians)  for what might actually be positive changes, because of the sour taste in our mouths resulting from this cataclysmic mess.  It will be a long time before the memory of this fades, if ever.  In the meantime...

        LESS is more.

        •  You're right that teachers have TERRORIZED ... (0+ / 0-)

          students.  My niece has endured several years of being told their CRCT scores go into their permanent records and that low scorers, among other things, are being reported to the government and will be put into the military.  She's finally gotten old enough that I could get her to understand the truth, and this year she essentially told her fifth grade teachers to shove it when it came to these false threats.  Meanwhile, she's learned the teachers can't be trusted, so heaven knows what our next generation will grow into as a result of all this.

          "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

          by Neuroptimalian on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 09:50:34 PM PDT

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