The No Child Left Behind Essay

1557 Words Jun 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
Research paper “A new study shows that kids read for fun less and less as they get older, with 45% of 17-year-olds saying they read by choice only once or twice a year.” As students progress in our school system, they have lost more and more interest in reading for fun, which ultimately means they read less and less. Has our school system made reading boring? Could students interest in reading have declined because reading in school is taught around tests? Could the parents be to blame? The cause seems obvious. If kids just aren 't interested then they simply won 't read, and reading is a skill that improves with practice, and if students enjoyed reading they wouldn 't mind reading at all. When the United States implemented the “No Child Left Behind” act in 2002; they hoped that would help our education system, but when “a typical student takes 112 mandated standardized tests between pre-kindergarten classes and 12th grade, a new Council of the Great City Schools study found.”( Lyndsey Layton) That only made the curriculum revolve around testing rather than learning the material. The countless number of tests the students are forced to take has caused a world of problems. In another article; “Why Students Hate Reading–And Often Aren’t Very Good At It” by teachthought, they mention “Without that inward, reflective pattern where students acknowledge the sheer craziness of reading–where they are asked to merge two realities (the text, and themselves)—then that process…

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