quote:he fact is that the No Child Left Behind program is leaving a multitude of children behind! Accountability is one thing ... what about the schools that still can't afford to buy books for their students?
Interesting. If "NCLB" is "leaving kids behind" what were the conditions like PRIOR to "NCLB"?
Why is it that this particular program seems to be of a particular target to CERTAIN Black folks?
Why were they so relatively SILENT during the 1990's on this subject? Certainly you can't say that they were SATISFIED with the public school performance then as the bottom fell out on January 20, 2001?
Maybe PACIFIED rather than "silent" is a better term, ya think? The power of "Permanent Friends" to allow you to put aside your "Permanent interests".
quote:Kids are not learning real-life stuff. They're learning the things that will make them pass those twisted government-initiated tests. Here in Houston, H.I.S.D has to nerve to be putting out a billboard advertising campaign right now about "Look at what we've got going."
These same communities have churches and community centers who are able to provide these services that have been taken out of the schools IF THE COMMUNITY VIEWS THESE SERVICES and the resulting cultural enrichment that follows.
How many of our great musicians ONLY were introduced to musical instruments via their introduction in the public schools? Please note - since some folks on this board love to twist my comments: I AM NOT STANDING IN OPPOSITION TO THESE arts enrichment classes (school band and choir). I am saying that if the community values them then THEY NEED TO STEP UP to develop a vechile to allow these kids to be exposed to them. We don't have to look to the state or the feds in order to take a step. (This is the CONDITIONING that we have been bathed in for so long).