Dave writes an interesting post that makes me think. He’s talking about Arnold pushing for some Propositions he wants passed but never says what they are about.
Last night at dinner I was talking with my daughter and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) came up, being a child in middle school, she was talking about feeling left behind because the school ran out of paper and they had to take tests on yellow legal pads. She was attributing that to the NCLB legislation. I was at a loss to actually explain what NCLB really was all about. I know that I’ve heard elements of it described but I obviously didn’t know enough about it to even argue that it was bad or good for my children and their school. I’ve heard that it’s bad, that it is under funded, but what is it? How does it affect mme and my children on a daily basis? Is it the reason why my kid’s school’s budget has been cut to a level where we don’t have enough paper?
I don’t think any side of the political groups does a very good job explaining exactly what the legislation we live with really does. The proponents seem to want to hide the stuff that their detractors might use to make it look bad and the detractors don’t want any obvious good aspects to be highlighted. So there is a PR battle waged to play hide and seek with the real details.
I can only imagine what it will take for me to try and understand what NCLB really means to my kids. I’m starting to read the info at the ED.GOV site and I’m already swimming in PR speak and not getting real details. It may take a while but I am going to try and see if I can figure this out.