Allow me the privilege and the honour of convincing you today in understanding in something I hold very dear to my heart and which I believe so monumental that it must be heard and realized by our entire nation. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has been one of the most valuable pieces of legislation created for the education of our children despite the criticisms it receives (Haney, 2007).
Though I believe that most of its contents mean well, I also humbly beg to differ and allow me to state that the children from kindergarten to the 3rd grade will be experiencing more harm than good by this act. Thus, let me declare that the students from kindergarten to the 3rd grade must not be promoted if they did not meet the requirements.
I deeply understand the sentiments of a lot of people who believe that children at this level must be given the chance and opportunity to grow regardless of how they performed. In other words, it does not matter what scores they get. What is important is that, they be allowed to continue without the thought of the failure. However, the real question is, are we truly helping these children by ignoring that they need help? Will doing this really solve our problems in setting higher standards in education?
I firmly believe that we are not helping the children who failed to reach the requirements by promoting them. I believe that we are not giving a solution but only aggravating the problem itself. We cannot act blind pretending that in the long run, everything will be just fine. The moment we let these children be, we are clearly not addressing their potential for growth and development.
If a child does not meet such a requirement, then more attention must given to that child. The child must be nourished and given attention to better improve and to truly give the child chance at learning and gaining as much as he or she can.
With this I can assure all of you that we will not only heed the call that beckons for better education but more importantly, we can bring out the best in every child.
Haney, W. (nd) Evidence on Education under NCLB (and How Florida Boosted NAEP Scores and Reduced the Race Gap). Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Education Policy. Lynch School of Education. Boston College. Retrieved 7 June 2007.