The people who matter most in education are being neglected by the educational reforms and those people are the students; they are being neglected through No Child Left Behind and the idea of educational romanticism, and teachers unions also play a role in this neglect.
No Child left behind is seen as a huge detriment to education and neglects the students. Diane Ravitch sums up No Child Left Behind’s effect on education in her article “Obama’s War on School”. “NCLB mandated that 100 percent of students be proficient in reading and math by 2014. Any school not on track to meet this utopian goal—one never reached by any nation in the world—would face a series of sanctions, culminating in the firing of the staff and the closing of the school (Ravitch).” So No Child Left Behind has a goal that is impossible to meet and it closes down schools that fail to meet this goal. This creates a gap in education when schools are shut down that hurts education. “As 2014 nears, tens of thousands of schools have been stigmatized as failures, thousands of educators have been fired, and schools that were once the anchors of their communities are closing, replaced in many cases by privately managed schools. NCLB turns out to be a timetable for the destruction of public education (Ravitch).” No Child Left Behind simply hurts education when the schools are forced to shut down. The mandates of NCLB try to put the students on the same level and expect them to learn, this excludes students because only their performance is tracked and nothing else. NCLB only includes the student’s scores, and excludes the students in every other instance which include when scores are below expectation.
No Child Left Behind universalizes the students by trying putting them all on the same level or the norm and excludes those away from the that level. In debate my affirmative case is about universal ethics towards the Other. After using certain philosophies in debate, I tend to reflect and try to incorporate some of these philosophies in my life; this year it has led to me being a proponent of universalizing almost everything. There is some significance when I say that universalizing students is a terrible idea. This not a faceless entity that you can simply name as the Other. In a group of many people with differences, it is impossible to group all of the students together, so some will be excluded from this group. By excluding those students outside the norm, No Child Left Behind will fail to account for them and allow them to fall behind, and through the cracks. Universalizing great in theory but in practice it will exclude those that are not the norm.
Another way that students are universalized is No Child Left Behind. Charles Murray argues in this article “The Age of Education Romanticism” that the No Child Left Behind is based on this notion that everyone is one...