No Child Left Behind

Fundamental and Essential Factors in Determining NCLB as a Help or a Detriment to Education in the United States

      A teacher is someone who sees what can be accomplished not what cannot be accomplished. Teachers know that to expect their students to become lifelong learners they must be willing to do the same. They are good communicators and team players and realize the importance of establishing strong home-school connections. Educators follow up to do their best to capture the essence of their students to understand their hopes, dreams and strengths. A teacher recognizes that vulnerabilities appear in many forms and sees beyond the exteriors that students sometimes hide behind and seeks innovative ways to help students shine. A teacher expresses how much they value uniqueness and helps students to develop tolerance, kindness and to embrace differences. Twelve years from now, all children who attend public schools must be proficient in reading, math and science. We will not reach this goal if we continue to do more of the same thing with more intensity.   How schools are structured and what successful schools look like is changing. Teachers, principals and school administrators who are knowledgeable about these changes will be able to meet the challenges of the No Child Left Behind Act.
      Teachers show that they too have vulnerabilities and show how they trust their students to see such weaknesses in order that their students can have the same trust in them. They have the courage to admit that they do not know all of the answers and they openly show that they enjoy learning from their students as well as having their students learn from them. Teachers appear tireless even when they are quite weary as they desire to help keep their students excited about learning. Teachers create an environment where students feel safe to explore and learn. Teachers walk a tight rope to be humorous but turn it around to be serious as needed for learning to occur. They...