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January 23, 2015 at 5:24 PM

No Child Left Behind: Impossible standards for teachers, students

Thanks to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray [“Fix Outdated Federal Education Law,” Opinion, Jan. 13] for her common-sense ideas about the education today.

I can remember sitting at a faculty meeting in 2002 when No Child Left Behind was first introduced to us. We, the teachers, looked at each other in bewilderment, knowing NCLB wouldn’t work. All students passing a rather difficult state test was simply an impossible, totally unrealistic expectation. It would be like the state saying to all medical doctors: 100 percent of patients will get well, or we’ll punish and sanction you. As a result, NCLB has hindered efforts to improve education, as Murray states in her article.

It’s interesting and sad that teachers, who work directly with students, are usually the last people so-called reformers ask when passing educational legislation. That has to change, along with Murray’s suggestion of eliminating or completely revamping NCLB.

Roger J. Wong, Renton

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