Help create our NCLB? Our Standards of Learning page!
NCLB testing and Curriculum Standards of Learning. Some group of someones somewhere, everywhere are deciding what these standards should be for children all over the country. No new news here, right?
Let's define our own No Child Left Behind philosophy and Learning Standards, family by family, child by child--however it works for you.
The LWOS blog is creating a page called NCLB? OUR STANDARDS OF LEARNING (We make our own!!!).
No Child Left Behind regulations are tied to federal funding. The federal government requires accountability for the money that they allocate to public schools. Therefore, schools receive funding from the federal government based on test scores that their children produce.
Homeschoolers are not required to participate in the NCLB program, nor do we want to. We are not federally regulated nor do we receive federal or state money. We have chosen to opt out of the public school system. We value our freedom to meet the needs of our individual children where they are by being flexible and open to opportunities that specific subject and time-framed skills testing limit. We value our freedom to teach our children and not teach to a test.
We are not subject to NCLB "standards," nor do we want to be limited by such. What does it really mean to leave a child behind? What do children really need from us? How do children learn and who decides what is best for each and every individual child?
What do you think? We homeschool and we define our own lives! Some of us, many of us, do not think in terms of "standards," though. We see our children as individual lives who defy a set of standards. But most all of us have ideals and goals for our children. We may define those from a different angle and a different point of view than might be expected!
We are interested in all stories, perspectives that celebrate finding your own way with your child that are personally real and as non-judgmental in nature as possible.
Personal stories and personal perspective are preferred. Thoughtful commentary is welcomed.
The stories do not need to be of length; in fact, a paragraph will work best. A collection of personal vignettes will be used to create this page called Real Stories: Real Lives.
Submit your vignette to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specify "NCLB" and give your name as you would like it published.
If you find that you have a story of length to share, follow the instructions for Guest Author in the Writer Guidelines.
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