Essay on The Public Education System Is The No Child Left Behind Act

1309 Words Nov 11th, 2016 6 Pages
In the 2016 election, the candidates from both major parties are both majorly disliked both by one another, party members, and voters. Several key issues divide the candidates including foreign policy, health care reform, and women’s rights. The issue that concerns young college students like myself, however, is education reform. For Mr. Trump, school choice is important, and therefore education vouchers are at the top of his list along with a multibillion dollar federal investment in K12 and a plan that makes college “easier to access, pay for, and finish.” Secretary Clinton’s education plan includes making pubic and community college tuition-free, increasing aid to student parents, modernizing and elevating the teaching profession, address and provide aid to ending the school to prison pipeline, and rebuild public schools.

To begin to critique education plans proposed, one must first have a full understanding of the issues with the public education system in our country. One of the biggest problems with our current education system is the No Child Left Behind act that was signed into law by George W Bush on January 8, 2002 and is the most recent revision to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The law was created out of political concern that the education system was not internationally competitive. It turned the education system into a system of standardized tests and teachers teaching for the sole purpose of creating high scoring students, regardless of…

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