Retired high school teacher's letter highlights limits of No Child Left Behind
- Recently retired high school government teacher Ken Bernstein wrote a letter to college professors, titled "Warnings From the Trenches," to caution them on the generation of No Child Left Behind students beginning to fill their classrooms.
- Bernstein says that, thanks to a standardized test-driven K-12 education, students at even the most elite colleges are now better at "filling in bubbles" than they are at thinking outside of a set of multiple choices, as higher education and adulthood demand.
- The letter has created a considerable amount of buzz across higher education, being praised by prominent instructors from New York University to the University of California, and even landing a spot in The Washington Post column "The Answer Sheet" that has 92,000 shares on Facebook.
From the article:
... “No Child Left Behind went into effect for the 2003-4 academic year, which means that America’s public schools have been operating under the pressures and constrictions imposed by that law for a decade,” largely sacrificing meaningful content and development of critical thinking and writing skills for test preparation, Bernstein wrote. In other words, if it wasn’t tested, it wasn’t taught. ...
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