The No Child Left Behind Act blames schools and teachers for many challenges that are neither of their making nor within their capacity to change. The test score focus obscures the importance of the quality of the relationship between the child and teacher. Sincere, often heroic efforts of teachers are made invisible. While the goals of the law are important—to proclaim that every child can learn, to challenge every child to dream of a bright future, and to prepare all children to contribute to society—educators also need financial and community support to accomplish these goals.
Beautiful. And the rest of it is as elegantly and succintly stated. Check it out here and the press release here. (Hat tip to Jim at Schoolsmatter, which is, by the way, one of the very best edublogs out there. Is it school smatter or schools matter? Hmmm...)