I have a definition of thinking. Thinking is the process in which an individual reconciles conflicting personal concepts and ideas to form a new position.
I was forced to do just such a thing when a close friend, while discussing education, gave the three public complaints about NCLB (No Child Left Behind), the Bush laws from the early 2001 period.
The three public complaints were: it is bad to teach children just to get good test results, the tests aim for a limited subject range, and schools face too much time wasted in testing.
I have accepted these complaints for a decade because I live in a Democratic union dominated social swamp.
My mouth immediately answered based on unconcious thinking that I did not know I had done. My mouth asked: ‘do you stick your finger out the window to see how fast your car is going?’
We obviously need national standardized tests in order to improve schooling for everyone particularly minorities.
* NCLB only requires annual testing from third to eighth grade and once in high school.
* The testing is only for reading and math. Can anyone suggest two more fundamental educational functions? These two are least subject to political distortion and debate. Those two subjects are not limiting, they are the core of all other subjects.
* If testing is excessive, eliminate the other state, regional, local, professional and specialized tests.
Lastly and gratuitously, NCLB was national legislation that was passed included funding to cover the costs of testing.