The No Child Left Behind Act Essay

1680 Words Jan 27th, 2015 null Page
On March 12th, President Obama gave a weekly address to the nation concerning his plans to change the educational system in America. During his address, he outlined a few problems with America’s schools, and then said, in broad, general terms his plans to address and fix these problems. However, from a sociological standpoint, his address would not address the root causes of our educational problems in America; he focuses entirely on schools and teachers, when the problems are based on class location. As such, his policy recommendations will very likely not significantly alter the educational system in America, but rather may even help to preserve the troubled status quo. Early in the previous administration, the President signed into law the “No Child Left Behind” Act, which was widely criticized as rewarding the already successful schools, while punishing those that needed the most help. The current President Obama’s new proposal is designed to directly confront the problems left by NCLB: titled “Race to the Top,” the President’s proposal involves minimal direction from the federal government, instead creating incentive programs for states to reform their educational systems independently. “Successful” schools, that is, schools that have a high graduation rate and whose students pass standardized exams, will be rewarded directly from the government. At the other end of the spectrum, the President only guides us with the vague, “local districts will be encouraged to commit…

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