Reposting the comment I posted on LinkedIn:
I think it’s obvious that No Child Left Behind has had the opposite of its intended effect. Like many of the other adjuncts here, I’ve seen students who were clearly unprepared for college. Ironically, I’ve found the older students, the ones who haven’t set foot inside a classroom in years, are better prepared in basic skills like note taking and time management than the ones fresh out of high school.
Last semester, I taught a course on professional issues relating to the environment. The assignment I gave was pretty simple: Look up a single employer and do an oral presentation about what they do and whom they hire. Pretty much all they had to do was point their browsers at the company’s website. Half the class begged me for more time!
So, what is the solution? I don’t see any alternative except scrapping NCLB It’s a terrible law that only teaches students how to darker circles on a scan sheet. After a decade, this program is deeply entrenched in Washington and repealing it will be extremely difficult in the current climate, but it must be done. Teachers on all levels, K-12 and college need to contact their representatives and tell them how counterproductive this law is.