Inbox: Jun. 18, 2007

Failing to Make the Grade

As a teacher and parent, I give No Child Left Behind (NCLB) a failing grade [June 4]. There is no way to fix a law that operates under the flawed assumption that tests rather than teachers should govern curriculum. Testing is simply a tool for measuring learning in the same way that a thermometer is an instrument for reading temperature. What would happen to the health of a nation if lawmakers tried to force doctors to spend a large portion of their time taking patients' temperatures instead of practicing medicine? The reality of NCLB is that it...

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