An editorial in today's Springfield News-Leader notices, without using the word, what a hoax No Child Left Behind is and notes how sad it is that Missouri, a state which has rightly prided itself on higher standards is lowering them so it can meet No Child Left Behind benchmarks.
The editorial makes the point that President Bush and other devotees of No Child Left Behind cannot seem to make themselves understand:
"If there must be a federal law, we wish it could be written by someone like Republic Superintendent Pam Hedgpeth, who helped revise the state standards. She understands that students are not interchangeable parts; they all start at different levels. An absolute standard is not the best measure of an education."
Teacher and students need to be held to high standards, but No Child Left Behind is a joke conceived by politicians on both sides of the aisle.