NCLB: What is it?
A federal law, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was put in place since 2002 and many parents of high-poverty schools know it well. It’s a law that all public school districts must follow, but the controversy over the Act is largely over how it was implemented.
The Act requires that all students in federal programs must have a well-rounded education. That means that a student needs to be prepared for every subject, including English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. It’s very difficult to assess an individual’s knowledge level, so teachers in struggling schools are evaluated based on the students they’re trying to teach.
The Issues With This Act
The point of the NCLB is to give all students the opportunity to succeed in school, but the result is that some students are not receiving the kind of rigorous education they need. While the goal is to make sure all students learn, some students may not receive the kind of education they need to learn the subjects they need to succeed in life.
Another controversy about the No Child Left Behind Act is that it only applies to public schools. Private and religious schools are exempt, and the only other option for children is home schooling.
The only way to know if your child’s success in school is affected by the NCLB is to examine your own school and see if it has met the standards set forth by the Act. If your child isn’t performing as well as he or she could, consider talking to your child’s teacher. Many teachers will feel the Act makes them more important, so they will try to work harder, which can make your child perform worse.
When looking at your child’s performance, you also need to know what the curriculum is like at your child’s school. If the teacher doesn’thave a lot of professional experience, it may be a good idea to find a school with a more seasoned teacher. It’s important to get a good teacher for your child because teachers can influence the kind of learning experience your child has.
You can help your child’s teachers to work harder by encouraging your child to do their work. If your child knows you are encouraging him or her to accomplish his or her homework, you can bet that the teacher will be more apt to devote time to helping your child.
It’s also important to encourage your child in your school. You want your child to go to school for the same reason that your child goes to church or mosque. If your child knows that he or she is going to school, chances are your child will feel more comfortable with the class, because she knows the atmosphere is not going to be hostile.
Your child will also feel more confident if she or he knows that you are encouraging him or her to do well in school. So always give your child your support when it comes to school, whether or not you are going to school yourself. Your child needs your support as much as you need theirs.
However, remember that the law doesn’t apply only to your child. It applies to any student who is in a public school, and a teacher is not exempt from complying with the Act. So, if your child is in a private school, your child might have to perform better than you would like, because the standards for private schools are lower than public schools.
If your child’s performance is affected by the No Child Left Behind Act, speak to the principal of the school, and explain to them the importance of your child’s performance. They may be able to create a workable alternative plan for your child.
While your school may not be able to do much to help your child, your local school board may be able to help. Local school boards may be able to offer advice and assistance in finding private tutoring services for your child.