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

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Originally posted by Kevin41:
That goes right along with what I stated is a big problem with education..is that we teach kids thing to learn but not learning concepts such as comprehension and retention........



But I would argue that the real travesty is that children are not being encouraged/taught to "connect the dots", to draw conclusions or extrapolate results from current data.

I remember back in the day, my public school friends were asked on tests questions like, "On what date did the Spanish Armada sail?" This is not much different from the rote learning required under NCLB; Whereas, exams at my prep-school asked, "In 1588, the Spanish launched a naval attack on Endland. Discuss the likely historical impact had this invasion succeeded." [Actual 5th grade exam question]

This question is much different from NCLB queries. It requires vastly different learned skill sets. BTW, this prep-school would be/is exempt for NCLB testing requirements.
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