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December 15, 2006

Children Left Behind by NCLB
by: Malcolm A. Kline,
Published December 04, 2006 at Campus Report Online

Although the controversy surrounding the Bush Administrationís No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program is usually portrayed as a classic clash of conservative and liberal political philosophies, dissatisfaction with NCLB is spreading across philosophical lines.

"As one who had a kid in school when No Child Left Behind began, I want it abolished," libertarian author Charles Murray said recently at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). A scholar at AEI, Murray wrote The Bell Curve, a controversial book published 12 years ago that examined I. Q. differences across racial lines.

"The very slogan No Child Left Behind is inane," James R. Flynn, a professor emeritus at the University of Otago (New Zealand) said at the same AEI event. "Left behind what?" Dr. Flynn describes himself as a socialist.

"The people who put that up were from Lake Woebegone where all the kids are above average," Murray told me when the panel concluded. He related the experiences his child's instructors had at Brunswick High School in Maryland. For entire article, click here...



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