Education No Child Left Behind

In the ever growing war between educators, No Child Left Behind is probably one of the most hotly contested topics in the world of education today. Nobody can seem to agree on it and it’s no wonder, because it’s a rather radical concept that years ago would have been unthinkable. In this article we’re going to present both sides of the argument but in no way will we try to determine who is right and who is wrong. We’ll leave that decision to history itself.

No Child Left Behind, the act, was instituted in 2001. One of the biggest problems with No Child Left Behind is that most people don’t really understand what it means. Parents are under the impression that it means their child is not allowed to be kept back in school if his grades are poor. This is not true at all. No Child Left Behind was instituted so that the poorer districts could give their children the same level and quality of education as children in the richer districts. To achieve this end, the poorer districts are allocated a certain amount of additional funds. These funds increase a certain percentage each year. Since the act was instituted, the average dollar amount allocated has risen from $13,500,000,000 in 2002 to an estimated $25,000,000,000 in 2007.

But there is a catch to this. And this is where the arguments come in. In order to qualify for this funding, schools have to have a certain percentage of students pass the standardized tests that are given each year. Currently, those tests are only given to high school children. Future plans for No Child Left Behind are to have these tests given to every child in every grade.

The arguments for this procedure is that children will all be taught the same material and therefore will all have the same education. If a child doesn’t pass the standardized test by his last year of high school then he must either go to summer school and pass it or repeat his last year of high school. Those for this say it will make sure that every child who does graduate from school is prepared for the outside world. By making the money given dependent on these test scores, this forces the schools themselves to focus on what they consider the core contents. This makes sure that every kid is properly educated.

Those against No Child Left Behind argue that the money allocated to the school districts should not be dependent on how well the students do. Their argument is that children in poorer districts do poorly because they are poor and the money should be given to them regardless of test scores. They view this as a catch 22, which most teachers in the poorer districts seem to agree with.

As to where this money actually goes, that would take a book to explain. Suffice it to say that portions of this huge amount are divided up among many areas including Comprehensive School Reform, Advanced Placement, School Improvement, School Dropout Prevention and the list goes on and on. This is where another argument comes in. Most teachers feel this money is being wasted and should go to teachers salaries and text books, where the money is really needed.

Special Education For Disabled Children

During the first years of a child’s life, the brain is still malleable and able to form important connections so that the child can learn a wide variety of information and abilities. However, if the child suffers from an illness, injury, or condition that causes a disability, it can interfere with his or her ability absorb information in the same way as non-disabled children. Special education classes can help children with disabilities learn in a way tailored to their needs.

In 1975, the U.S. government first legally addressed special education in public schools with the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, or EHA. This included both physically and mentally handicapped children. The act stated that all schools receiving public funding must have programs specifically created for special needs children. These lesson plans were developed with the help of parents so that disabled children had as much of a normal education as possible. The EHA was renamed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1990.

Later, in 2004, the government recognized the need to amend IDEA so that it better met the needs of disabled children and their education. This was called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, or IDEIA. IDEIA was signed into being in late 2004, and it was adopted in all states by 2006.

To better address the education of disabled children, the federal governments’ IDEIA changed the law so that states could apply for grants and other financial aid to help them develop special education programs in public schools. In addition, these funds can help with things like training special education teachers and buying technology necessary to help some students learn.

Under the IDEIA, the government also outlined potentially disabling problems more clearly. However, it is important to keep in mind that these disabilities affect children differently, meaning that a disabling case of Autism may prevent one child from learning in a regular classroom, while another child may be able to succeed in a regular classroom. Thus, it is up to parents as well as doctors and counselors to determine the best way to address a child’s educational needs.

Some of the disabilities detailed under IDEIA include:
Emotional disorders
Sensory disorders that affect vision, hearing, or speech capabilities
Mental retardation
Developmental disorders
Orthopedic impairments

Home Education Is Every Parents Right to Educate a Child

The education of your child should be one of the most important aspects of your daily life. Is your child getting a good education? Are they learning and retaining the information being taught? What if you wanted to home school your child? How do you as a parent know what a child should be learning?

All valid questions. If your child is currently in public school you would trust the school and teachers to make sure your child was getting everything they needed to be productive adults when they grow up. But what if you don’t agree with some of the things they are teaching in school? You can not simply ask them to stop teaching it, they won’t do that for just 1 or 2 children. Taking on the school board would be a huge undertaking and it sometimes causes more strife than good.

As a parent you have the freedom of providing education for your child in your hands. You can chose to remove your child from public school and give them a home education. Homeschooling has become a very popular way to make sure your child is getting the education you want them to have, without the added opinions of a teacher or school board that you may not agree with fully. Taking your child from the public school environment to home school is not a difficult task, each state has a set of laws or regulations to assure you as a parent can educate your child in your home if you so choose. Be sure to check your states education website for homeschooling laws and regulations.

There are many books and home education resources out there to tell you what your child should learn and by what age they should learn certain things. Each child is different so you can not base your child’s learning totally on a book someone wrote. No two children learn the same, even if they are the same age, it just doesn’t happen. Children vary in how they learn, just as adults vary in learning styles. Some will learn only by reading, others by doing or seeing and some by using all their senses to gather the information.

If you decide to homeschool your child be sure to first watch to see how they learn, their learning style will make all the difference in the world to how you will be able to teach them. Home education can be very rewarding, watching your child grow and learn daily from the world around them.

Home Education for Your Reserved

Earlier, it was said that education is a privilege. Nowadays, education is considered as an indispensable part of a child’s rights. John Dewey quotes “education is not preparation of life, education is life itself.” Education plays a pivotal role in shaping the life of an individual. The most important aspect of leading a civilized life is education. It is the most important asset one can ever have. It is the basic parameter to have a worth and say in the social circle; the thing which matters the most is quality of education. Education makes us capable and able to compete. As education has so much to offer, people have started to consider and acknowledge its importance in life. In a country like United Kingdom, education has always been high on the agenda. In fact, in UK, the concept of Home Education has been an essential part of the society.

Now, the question that arises is why studying at home if schools are there. Some parents are not satisfied by the school system, or, there are simply no good schools in the near by area. Some prefer home schooling because of financial reasons as well. In some cases, it may also happen that the child is not medically fit, or is autistic, to attend classes with other students. As far as UK is concerned, Home Education is increasingly gaining grounds. There are many advantages of home education over school education. The best part of home based education is the individual attention given to the child. It is comfortable to study at home with safe friendly environment in the supervision of parents. Then, every child is not same. Some grasp easily and perform better in competition, while some find it comparatively tough to perform among a group of pupils. Home education also refrains from unhealthy competition and nagging to perform and secure better grades in the class.

Home schooling students primarily fall under two main categories: adult learners, who could not complete school education for some reasons and are now willing to attain education, and home-educated youngsters falling in the age-group 11-18 years. Most of the schools that provide such type of schooling have the provision of written study material. This material is studied through a typical syllabus. Self assessment tests are also a part of home schooling. Interaction with special tutors helps students to complete their assignments and clear their concepts. Home Education Courses may include disciplines like English, History, Geography, Mathematics, etc for young children, and subjects like Teaching, Nursing and Policing for young adults above 18.

Educating a Child at Home

Over the last decade more and more people are making efforts to either teach their children at home or providing resources that can complement the teaching at school. The active participation of parent in their children learning and studying activities has resulted into not only better grades but also better overall learning experience.

Some of the Things that Keep People Away from Teaching their Kids

You don’t need to be professional teacher

Parents who wants to educate child at home don’t need to highly professional teachers but people from every walk of life can do so with proper resources and better understanding of child.

“Special education”

Even though the child don’t have to closely follow national curriculum at home but still it is advisable to keep it close as the curriculum is made keeping the need of learning at a particular age.

Parents can play extensive role in education of a child with special needs.

Many a times under formal school structure children with special needs are either left out or made to feel inadequate. This can be easily rectified with increased endeavor from parents and customized learning resources.

Teaching as per child’s needs and time

The rules regarding notification of home education for children are different in different countries so parents can follow the rule in their respective countries. In United States and United Kingdom, even though no special permission is required but parents have to notify about home schooling of their children to the local school. Parents don’t need to follow school hours and other routine and children can learn as per the body clock and convenience. If your child is most active at 4 PM then you can make the study plan as per his/ her body clock.

Public Relations for Child Learning

Child learning centers are very important and they can supplement our school system and education system. Sometimes school districts and teachers unions get upset with Child learning centers, while other teachers often recommend them to help students whose parents want them to excel faster than the student is able in the regular classroom.

Child learning centers need to promote themselves and find unique ways to attract publicity and get into the news. When other people read about this they will want to bring their children to the child learning centers also and that creates word-of-mouth advertising and it makes kids smarter.

Smarter children means smarter adults and that is great for our society and civilization. But, public relations and community goodwill for Child learning centers is not in easy thing to market. Sometimes it takes a little extra besides just advertising and marketing to promote a child learning Center.