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1 st article title: NCLB's Supplemental Educational Services: Is This What Our Students Need? In low performing schools tutoring, after or before school, is offered to low income students, but only a small amount of students can gain this opportunity because of the high cost of tutors in supplemental services. The money funding these programs though can be used for other things within the school as well and districts have been accused that the money is only going towards other things, but on the other hand the information needed for students to be enrolled in these programs is not being put out in a timely manner. There are many choices of tutoring services now in each district but as of right now few states have not made any way of monitoring the tutoring establishment and if it helps. Attendance to the afterschool tutoring sessions are very low. To make this program more efficient the state governments need to regulate qualifications for the tutors and keep up with which ones work and which ones don’t. Ascher, C. (2006, Oct.) NCLP'S Supplemental Educational Services: Is This What Our Students Need? [Electronic Version]. Phi Delta Kappan88(2). Retrieved November 16, 2008, from http://find.galegroup.com.proxy.ulib.iupui.edu/itx/infomark.do?action=interpret&docType=IAC&contentSet=IAC-Documents&Z3950=1&searchType=BasicSearchForm&type=retrieve&tabID=T001&prodId=AONE&docId=A152995842&source=library&version=1.0&userGroupName=iulib_iupui&finalAuth=true.
From this article I noticed how faulty that portion of the No Child Left Behind Act was by noticing:
The schools do not collaborate with the Tutors from the different businesses.
Qualifications for tutors are not concrete, so when there is no way of knowing whether the employees of a certain company are qualified.
Lastly, the numbers of tutoring companies affiliated with certain districts vary so much that some places may have more options than others and so it is not an equal opportunity for all students in every public school.
“ Do the companies whose television ads have become so familiar offer students eligible for supplemental services the same computers and attentive female tutors pictured in the ads featuring children who suddenly love school? “ The quote above states an excellent question about difference in the quality actually given from the company and the what it looks like in the advertisements.
2 nd article title: Robbing Elementary Students of Their Childhood: The Perils of No Child Left Behind Elementary Schools around the nation are changing rapidly because of the No Child Left behind legislation. Some schools are taking away recess from children, because of lost instruction time. Loss of this time is taking away socializing time, exercise time, and distressing time. Next the way gifted children are being treated in classrooms are not utilizing their knowledge. Teachers just expect them to meet standards and go no farther. The next point brought up is that the children with disorders are being ignored. They are expected to take the standardized tests that their peers take and are obviously going to fail they try to fail proof the tests by having a way to fill out a “alternative assessment” but the paperwork takes too much time for it to be even worth the time. Lastly the testing for all of these students takes a lot of money that could spent elsewhere in schools. Henley, J etc. (2007). Robbing elementary students of their Childhood: the perils of no child left behind.[Electronic Version]. Education,128 (1). Retrieved November 16, 2008, from http://find.galegroup.com.proxy.ulib.iupui.edu/itx/infomark.do?action=interpret&docType=IAC&contentSet=IAC-Documents&Z3950=1&searchType=BasicSearchForm&type=retrieve&tabID=T001&prodId=AONE&docId=A169960866&source=library&version=1.0&userGroupName=iulib_iupui&finalAuth=true.
From this article I realized how hard being an elementary school student would be at this time because:
I loved recess when I was young and it helped me use up all of the energy I could muster. So now teachers have to deal with overactive and stressed out children because of a minimized or eliminated recess.
I had lots of friends in the gifted and talented program and they excelled in classes throughout their school career and now that those students are being held back because of averaged out standards these students are not getting the attention they need.
It is absolutely preposterous that the state would test mentally handicapped individuals with the same tests that normal children take. Not only does that harm the schools average scores , it harms the mentally handicapped child’s self-esteem.
“ This trend concerns parents, principals, and teachers who feel that recess is a vital part of the school day to students.” The thing I do not understand from the statement above is why the parents, principals, and teachers are not more active in taking back recess and giving kids the time for it, and why they do not speak up for the kids. I see that some institutions are but why aren’t their voices more trustworthy to the boards that decide these issues.
3 rd article title: The seven deadly sins of no Child Left Behind.(No Child Left Behind Act Houston, P (2007, June). The seven deadly sins of no Child Left Behind.(No Child Left Behind Act) [Electronic Version]. Phi Delta Kappan, 88(10). Retrieved November 16,2008 from, http://find.galegroup.com.proxy.ulib.iupui.edu/itx/infomark.do?contentSet=IAC-Documents&docType=IAC&type=retrieve&tabID=T001&prodId=AONE&userGroupName=iulib_iupui&version=1.0&searchType=BasicSearchForm&source=library&docId=A165352531&Z3950=1 The article describes the 7 worst things wrong with the No Child Left behind act and needs to be taken out of the system. The author first mentions that the bill startes with the notion that the education system is a failed system. The difference is the goal’s for the system have altered and needs some revamping in that department. Next testing has become the only indicator of success or failure. The third point is that the bill does not help children in poverty it prevents them from succeeding. The NCLB relies too much on motivation and uses too many punishments and rewards based on one thing. Fifthly many people including educators are confused by the NCLB. Next the legislation was written by people who have not worked with children and so the job is being taken out of the professionals hands. The last point is that the act ignores the U.S’s ingenuity and creativity because of fear from being in second place as far as education is concerned. The author then offers up some solutions that may help some of these concerns. Let schools try new ways to help kids to their goal, use tests to help schools figure out where improvement is needed, put together state and local governments to come up with a solution, work on the impoverished children without trying to change it all, andlet the arts thrive again.
This article made me realized that there are things that need to be changed and also why they need to change:
Though education worked well before the legislation there are new things that children need to learn that aren’t directly connected to younger generations educational curriculum.
The reason for the legislation is because of the fierce competition between the U.S and other nations when it comes to education and the future of the countries.
The most important change that needs to be made is getting teachers and principals involved in the change in education because they know how children work and how they can help while not putting too much on young children’s plates.
“ The great danger we face is that, in our rush to build skills, we undermine our wisdom.” The quote above was one of the most educated statements I found in the entire article. We focus so much on what there is to learn that we forget there are other things to learn other than facts and numbers. There are life lessons we learn at school that help children in their adult lives more than anything else and that should not be taken away.
In conclusion the No Child Left Behind Act needs to either be thrown out or reformed because of all of the different aspects wrong with this legislation. From these three articles I could tell that their were multiple things wrong with the act and that something needs to change or the Educational System or the system will fail and the young children’s futures will wither like a new plant without sunlight.