Friday, January 09, 2009


There was a nice little piece in today's Washington Post all about Bush's little legacy-building excursion to Philadelphia yesterday, this time to tout the success of the odious No Child Left Behind Act.

It's got a summary of the good that proponents say the act has done (established accountability and standards, narrowed test score gaps with minority students) and the damage critics have noted (unreasonable emphasis on testing to the detriment of actual learning, neglect of subject areas like science, history, and the arts). The kicker, though, is the quote from Mr. Bush at the end of the article:

"How can you possibly determine whether a child can read at grade level if you don't test?"

Spoken like a true non-reader.

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