No Child Left Behind
I just read an excellent article on NCLB in Newsweek. It said what we homeschoolers have known all along — schools have to teach-to-the-test and are unable to be creative or offer things like music, art or PE. Even good schools are stuck in this loop if their worst student don’t improve. The main problem, I see, is the whole basis for grouping by grades and the assumption that children of the same age should achieve the same thing at the same time. I am so glad we homeschoolers in Hawaii don’t have to test. Thus our children can learn what they are ready to learn. Our son probably spent an equivalent of a year’s worth of school hours to learn what schools take 8 years to teach. (Disclaimer: he did not memorize trivia to be soon forgotten.) When he went to high school (3 semesters, his only schooling), he was astounded by how much time was wasted, mostly by disruptive students. But hey, I’m preaching to the choir here. Still, check out the article.