Reading George Will’s column of Feb. 9 headlined “Education is the business of the states,” he doesn’t even give the correct history of No Child Left Behind and totally ignores former President George W. Bush, who signed it into law!
Will makes it sound like national testing is a Republican-detested idea, yet if he wrote with truth, that wasn’t the case at all with NCLB.
I Googled “origin of No Child Left Behind” to check the facts and found:
FROM WIKIPEDIA: “The legislation was proposed by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2001. It was coauthored by Representatives John Boehner (R-OH), George Miller (D-CA), and Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Judd Gregg (R-NH). The United States House of Representatives passed the bill on May 23, 2001 (voting 384-45), and the United States Senate passed it on June 14, 2001 (voting 91-8). President Bush signed it into law on January 8, 2002. No Child Left Behind requires all public schools receiving federal funding to administer a state-wide standardized test annually to all students.”
FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST, SEPT. 30, 2013: “It’s official. Texas is leaving behind George W. Bush’s baby — the No Child Left Behind education law.
“U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Monday that he approved the application of Texas, Bush’s home state, for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act. This makes Texas the 42nd state to receive permission to ditch the notorious education law’s most onerous strictures.
“No Child Left Behind, a signature Bush initiative, was signed into law more than a decade ago. It required standardized testing of students and a system of penalties for schools whose students scored below benchmarks chosen to demonstrate proficiency. …
“In 2008, President Barack Obama campaigned on freeing states from No Child Left Behind, which had been derided by states and teachers for being overly prescriptive, for using shoddy measures, and for encouraging teachers to teach to the test.”
It’s time The Advocate finds some new, more objective columnists who write history accurately. How about Chris Hedges, for example?
retired education public relations coordinator