President Obama’s attempt to revamp the No Child Left Behind Policy gives hope to the future of education. Standardized tests portray an unfair image of yearly progress for students. All students are capable of learning but not at the same pace or on the same levels. O’Bama has decided to shift education in the direction of tracking. It is true that some students will come to your classroom 2 or 3 grades behind state standard. There are inadequate assessments that assess yearly progress for these struggling students. Standardized tests make low income programs seem insufficient because they are not proficient at state standards. These programs are losing funds and lack qualified staff and resources to be successful.
Teachers that desire a decent salary gravitate towards more prominent neighborhoods with working and upper class citizens to guarantee financial security for their families. No teacher desires to work twice as hard for half the pay. Salary should be standard across the county, giving underserved districts the opportunity to receive up-to-date resources and qualified staff. Instead we find teachers with no empathy for the environmental stressors students face or respect for the community. They teach to standard without regard to ability level or academic weak areas.
The goal of No Child Left Behind is to increase performance based on ability level. Hiring qualified staff members with the ability to teach appropriate content and manage classrooms through differentiated lessons and reinforcement is the formula to success. At Virtuous Academy we focus on God as a means of guidance to provide each child with an individualized and appropriate education. With our faith we believe that God will provide us with provisions needed to assure No Child is Left Behind.