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One Nation Under GOV: Does The Government Belong In Our Schools?
With the United States falling to 17th in the world in high school graduation rates, it's time to ask whether federal intervention in the American education system done more harm than good? We take a look at two federally mandated policies, teaching tenure and standardized testing, to see what they reveal.
There are currently about 7.2 million public school teachers in the United States. Of these, 2.3 million are tenured. Giving tenure to experienced public school teachers after years of service is a noble theory, but how has it worked out in practice?
No Child Left Behind Act
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) helped expand the standards and accountability movement in an attempt to ensure that all students are proficient in math and reading by 2014.
Finland, the #1 developed country in the world for education, does not require any standardized testing for high school graduation, whereas schools in the United States require an average of 12 standardized test prior to graduation.