No Child Left Behind

January 29, 2008

Now, I’m not a school teacher and I know that those of you that are teachers definitely know a lot more about the ins and outs of “No Child Left Behind” than I do and by making this post, I’m certainly not claiming that I am expert on the act. I do know that there seem to be many problems with it. I love being involved in a denomination that takes an interest in social, political, and justice issues as well as discipleship, spiritual, moral, and ethical matters.

That is why I read this article from the PCUSA site with great interest. I went looking for the article in the wake of the State of the Union address last night.

Here is a link to the “Ten Moral Concerns of No Child Left Behind.”

As Presbyterians, we believe that “an education of high quality for all children is an obligation of society and indispensable to the political and economic health of our democracy,” and that “we are called to respond in every possible way with measures that seek to evidence love and justice in the education of children and youth.”

— A Call to Church Involvement in the Renewal of Public Education (199th General Assembly, 1987)

2 responses to No Child Left Behind

  1. Other than the idea of “no child left behind” resulting in “no child advances,” the bigger problem is the idea that the Federal government should be involving itself at all, to the detriment of constitutional States rights, to the detriment of personal liberty, and to the detriment of personal responsibility.

    For another Presbyterian take on the issue, I recommend Dr. Machen’s testimony in Washington opposing the institution of the Federal Department of Education and his reasoning:

    Testimony Before the House and Senate Committees

    And to comment on 199th GA’s statement, education being “an obligation of society,” the very idea is antithetical to personal responsibility, particularly of parents and children. Education isn’t the obligation of “society” via Federal Nanny Statism, but it is the obligation of every dutiful parents to foster a love of learning in their children and teach them to glorify God, their provider, and serve Christ, their king.

    Without such radical and Biblical rethinking, there isn’t a lot of improvement going to take place in education.


  2. Do I even need to comment on this???? I think you know how I feel!