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Reply to "Bush, 'No Child Left Behind', and National Testing"

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K4R: This is "teaching" child what to think not how to think.

I'm divided over the value of national tests. They can provide a basic overall sketch of generic skill levels, and make a nice colourful barchart, but fail to give an indepth picture of regional requirements, specialized skillsets, and demographics.

I agree with Kweli4Real that teaching children how to think has more long term value that anything else.

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...very little resources are being spent on music, Phys Ed and art. The things that develop well rounded, creative and thinking students.

Frustratingly, in most institutions (and the public imaginaation) the arts are viewed and treated mostly as trivial and with little academic value, rather than an opportunity for children to develop creative thinking, resourcefulness, self expression, and problem-solving skills.

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I learned that he was a really nice guy," said Arek Black, a bespectacled 10-year-old who said he would have voted for Bush had he been old enough last year. "He surprised me with how much he takes responsibility for the whole country."

Eric Coakley, an 11-year-old classmate of Black's, said Bush proved to be "a nicer guy than I actually thought he was," adding that the visit showed that "he actually cares about us, actually cares about the kids, and he wants to help us get into college."

you got to love 'em, but forgive them coz they know not what they say... Big Grin
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