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Rhetoric Meets Reality For No Child Left Behind.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
by Sck

Author: JAMES SMITH 

The No Child Left Behind Act certainly had an ambitious goal. It mandated that all students tested in reading and math would reach grade level by the year 2014. Six years ago, when the law was passed, almost no one believed that this standard for success was realistic. However, despite a lack of reality, the law was approved by Congress with sanctions for school systems that fail to make adequately yearly progress toward that 2014 goal, sanctions which cost millions of dollars and result in school takeovers.

However, the Act had a politically correct title and what politician could ever cast a vote that would leave a child’s education behind. So, the law was passed under a fancy heading, but with a measurement for success that was beyond the outer limit of reality.

This political rhetoric meets reality dilemma on the issue of education exists in this Election 2008 Presidential campaign. Consider that it will be up to the next Congress and the newly elected President to decide whether to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act in 2009.

So, where do the 2008 Presidential candidates stand on the reauthorization of the “No Child left Behind Act”, since one of them will be an important decision maker concerning its future after the November election in 2009? Unfortunately, their positions on the current law are high on political rhetoric but lacking in real specifics.

Republican John McCain, who voted for the original legislation, has admitted “that the law should be fixed, especially in the areas of testing students with disabilities and non-English speaking students, but the law should not be repealed.” He also has commented on the need for additional “emphasis on science and math.” Senator McCain also supports school vouchers and additional choice options.

Although McCain appears to be quite supportive of the law, Matt David, a spokesman for the Senator, says of McCain, “His support for reauthorization will depend on what amendments are made to the bill, not only what’s added to it, but also what could be taken away.” It certainly looks like the Senator from Arizona would prefer to lead from behind on the education issue.

Democratic candidate Barack Obama has not been complimentary in his comments about the law. Speaking to the National Education Association, he has called the legislation “one of the emptiest slogans in the history of America.” Specifically, he has been critical of the heavy reliance on standardized tests which “has pushed out a lot of important learning that needs to take place,” and worries that “creativity has been drained from the classroom.” Concerned also about adequate funding, Obama has suggested that “the law left money and common sense behind.”

Obama would reform the No Child Left Behind law by funding it. He would improve the assessments used to track student progress to measure readiness for college and the workplace and improve student learning in a timely, individualized manner. Obama would also improve the accountability system so that there is support, rather than punishment, for schools that need improvement.

It’s easy to see the political rhetoric that would appeal to Obama’s voting base, but much harder indeed to discover a detailed plan on the funding and specific reform for the current federal education law from the Democratic candidate in this election year.

Undoubtedly, the proposed changes in the law that will be necessary for its reauthorization will focus on the following controversial areas:

1. How would the legislation be changed to deal with the measurement metric known as Adequate Yearly Progress? This method of measuring student and school success has been described by many as being “too inflexible, too arbitrary, and too punitive.” It is difficult to find anyone who really believes in the current measurement objective and its timeline is thought to be unrealistic as well.

2. Everyone wants to improve teacher salaries and training. Whether this should be done with some kind of “pay for performance” plan will be subject to serious debate.

3. There are many who are calling for national curriculum standards and testing. Although it does not appear that Congress is ready for such a change, it will be debated.

4. Since the No Child Left Behind Act was never properly funded by Congress, the amount of money needed for federal education programs will certainly be an important issue for the next Congress to consider.

5. Many people have expressed concern that the mandated testing in language arts and math has caused schools to spend considerably less time and effort on other curriculum areas, as well as more time and expense preparing students to pass mandatory tests.

As a new school year begins in America this fall, the Presidential candidates should be asked the necessary questions in order to determine their specific vision of the American educational system of the future. The voters and the national media should insist that each of them propose a specific and detailed education plan.

The time has come for the Presidential candidates and Congressional politicians to come forward with creative solutions to fix or abolish the current educational system. Continued political rhetoric on the issue is simply not enough. In fact, political rhetoric has already met the outer limits of tangible reality for the 2002 landmark federal education law, known as “No Child Left Behind”.

James William Smith has worked in Senior management positions for some of the largest Financial Services firms in the United States for the last twenty five years. He has also provided business consulting support for insurance organizations and start up businesses. Visit his website at http://www.eWorldvu.com or his daily blog at http://www.eworldvublog.blogspot.com

Diamond in tattered garbs

Thursday, April 24th, 2008
by Ann

Diamond in tattered garbs here means a person from poor economical background. The question tickling my mind is can this person shine to compete with those who have born with a silver spoon in their mouth? 

There are lots of people like Bill Gates who is the richest person in the world. He is only 10th pass, but still he owns such a big company. Another is Steve Jobs, he is the most respectful person in the world .he is also a drop out.

IIMs are not so imp. as people think but it is the inbuilt quality ,the talent which is needed to be successful. Not all people go to IIMs and still they r successful like Narayanmurthy, Dhirubhai Ambani and many more……..IIMs teach us the skills and nothing more ,they make you aware of the reality of the corporate world but how u handle it in future is entirely depend on you. Recently talent hunting shows like Indian Idol and Voice of India have thrown lights on rural talent. Winners of these shows have defeated candidates from metro cities. Let’s have example of Karna from Mahabharat, he was son of Lord Sun but he got to be treated in a different way. Due to his caste he was made ineligible for studies; but it was his potential that came up with him. He has proven that a man is known by his deeds and not by his caste or family background.Let’s have example of Karna from Mahabharat, he was son of Lord Sun but he got to be treated in a different way. Due to his caste he was made ineligible for studies; but it was his potential that came up with him. He has proven that a man is known by his deeds and not by his caste or family background.

Let’s have example of Karna from Mahabharat, he was son of Lord Sun but he got to be treated in a different way. Due to his caste he was made ineligible for studies; but it was his potential that came up with him. He has proven that a man is known by his deeds and not by his caste or family background.

How To Choose The Best Arts Culinary School

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Best Arts Culinary SchoolEvery enthusiast wishing to become an exceptional chef needs to choose the best Arts Culinary School. An ideal school provides the students with all the training and learning necessities to excel in this field. These schools include different specialization fields such as food writer, gourmet, restaurant owner, a baker and so on. It entirely depends upon the students that what kind of work in culinary field they need to consider after graduating from the culinary school.

Tips To Choose The Best Arts Culinary School (ACS):

Few basic tips an individual needs to follow are as mentioned below:

Accreditation by government bodies: This is the foremost and crucial step while selecting the best ACS. Check out the school’s accreditation.

Level of Courses: Individuals need to decide whether they want to take admission for short duration courses, diploma, certification courses or degree

Peers ratings: Check from the graduated friends about the teaching standards and overall quality of the particular ACS.

Affiliations with companies: An individual needs to see if the school provides any placements after completion of the courses. Some schools have their hotels, so student need not have to search for job.

Strength of the students: Select the school having ample amount of international students. It enables them to get acquainted with diverse groups, which is useful in hospitality learning.

Competency of Teachers:Teachers in the school need to be competent with strong experience levels. They help in creating better students.

Other facilities: Check the accommodation, transportation, meals, free internet and other facilities.

Location: The culinary school needs to be located at ideal place. It has to be readily accessible and free from any health concerns.

Practical Training: The best ACS is the one which provides hands on training in popular restaurants. It also helps the students to earn a stipend during their vacation break.

Education costs: Check the fees structure of culinary school. Compare the fees with other ACS and choose the best arts culinary school.

Select the Right Degree

Sunday, November 25th, 2007
Select the Right DegreeYour degree choice will affect your future career opportunities and ultimate success. This compact guide will help you choose the degree that works for you.When making this decision, consider your current career path, future job markets, timeline and flexibility. Here are a few questions you need to answer before you select a degree:
  • Do you want to continue on your current career path?
  • Does your current career match the future job market?
  • Do you want the quickest path to a degree?
  • Do you want a specific degree or a degree that leaves your options open?
  • What degree level do you want — associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s ?

Most degrees fall under one of the following areas of study

  • Computer science
  • Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Healthcare or medical
  • Criminal justice
  • Business administration
  • Liberal arts, such as math, science and English
  • Education
  • Psychology/social and human services

These degree areas can be narrowed to very specific areas of concentration. Having predetermined career goals can help make choosing your degree a simple process.

Tip: Career counselors can help you make the career choice that matches your skills and interests by giving you a career skills and interest assessment. This will help you focus on the career options that match your experience, skills and personal interests.

  • Your Current Career

If you plan to stick to your current career path, you simply need to determine which degree is most in line with your career. Since your past experience might count toward college credit, this option can also help you get your degree faster.

  • Future Career Opportunities

Although factoring future job growth into your degree choice may mean taking more classes, which in turn will increase your time and expense, it is well-worth the effort. In fact, combining your personal interests with the forecasted job market is a sure way to make the most of your schooling.

  • Fast and Flexible

If the focus of your degree is less important than the timing, consider a degree that allows you to earn credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Associate of science and bachelor of science degrees are often the most liberal when it comes to using CLEPs.

Some degrees are more flexible than others. For instance, business administration degrees are often the fastest and most flexible. In addition, a degree in business administration can be as narrow or as broadly focused as you like, and nearly every college offers business degree programs.

  • Degree Level

It’s important to select your degree level, but it’s not critical. You don’t need an associate’s degree before going for your bachelor’s. In fact, in most cases, it saves you time and effort to focus on your bachelor’s degree first.

Once you have made your degree choice, you will need to find a school that offers that degree and has programs that fit your needs.

Manage Your Time

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007
by Sue

Time management

If you’ve decided to go back to school for a degree, you may need a little help getting organized. Try these survival tips for juggling work, school and your personal life.

  • Choose Your Program Carefully

Many schools tailor programs to working professionals by offering evening and weekend classes. Some schools provide distance learning opportunities, which allow students to take courses via the Internet or by teleconferencing.

  • Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Set a goal for completing the program, even if it’s a long-term goal. Always keep in mind that what you’re doing will open doors for you in the long run.

  • Think Ahead

Many employers encourage employees to attain degrees and will accommodate students’ schedules. If that’s the case, alert your employer to your class schedule as far in advance as possible.

  • Stay Organized

Make daily and weekly to-do lists, but don’t panic if unexpected problems arise and set you back. Keep work and school separate, even if your employer supports your efforts.

  • Don’t Neglect Yourself or Your Responsibilities

Keep your energy level high by eating well and exercising. Although sleep may seem like a sinful indulgence the week before a test, you can hurt yourself or your patients if you don’t get your rest.

  • Banish Guilt

Enjoy time with your loved ones rather than feeling guilty about the schoolwork you could be doing. Plan time for yourself that’s not related to school.

  • Take a Break If You Need One

Take a semester off if you’re overwhelmed, or reduce your courseload.

  • Study Anywhere, Anytime

Review your notes or course readings while waiting in lines. Tape-record lectures and listen to them when you’re driving.

  • Take Advantage of the Internet

Communicate with professors via email. Research projects online.




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