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Tom Chapin Video SlamsNo Child Left Behind

Posted Aug 24 2008 5:39pm

My wife is currently exploring the idea of becoming an urban public school teacher, which I firmly support. But I can’t help wonder why anyone ever goes to the hassle:

  • Low pay that starts around $32,000 and never grows much beyond $50,000 except in elite school districts.
  • Tough certification rules.
  • The cost and time of obtaining a masters.
  • Inadequate buildings and learning supplies.

Perhaps the worst thing a teacher must face is No Child Left Behind, which I’ve been calling No Child Gets an Education. It seems to me that teaching elementary school students to a “test” would be the final straw for those men and women who already put up with so many career negatives.

But forget anything I write. Watch this Tom Chapin video, which I discovered via Thingamababy , a great blog on parenting. And here’s Chapin’s website against NCLB.

Additional

A review of a Tom Chapin album.

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