Should The Government Mandated Education Processes Harm Or Help Students?

1216 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
A quote that has always stuck with me is this, from George Washington Carver: “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” When thinking of children, who go to school as early as four years old in this country, that quote has a special resonance. After all, educators and childcare professionals go into their careers driven by a desire to help children manage their lives and mature into capable adults. What says capability more than total freedom and autonomy? Interestingly, many teachers and educators feel anything but free when it comes to the current education system in this country. There are laws in place that are ostensibly meant to facilitate learning for students of all abilities and ages, but backlash -- from educators and parents alike -- against these laws and regulations has been severe. Do the government-mandated education processes harm or help students? The answer is nuanced, but boils down to an affirmative one. To prove that, it is important to first examine the laws closely, then lay out the conflicting viewpoints when it comes to the laws, and finally, discuss what implications they have for children and families. Then, it will be time to wrap up with a personal assertion of the laws’ positive impact. The two regulations and initiatives most worth focusing on here are the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the Common Core State Standards Initiative. It is important to note that NCLB no longer exists in the way that it was proposed…

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