Archive for April 22nd, 2005

22nd April

First Published in The New York Sun, April 22, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

The No Child Left Behind Law is under fire, seemingly from sea to shining sea, red state and blue. How did this initiative, which started out with so much bipartisan promise, become so contentious?

There is an underlying problem with education in America. Atypically in the developed world, we have allowed education to be administered as a purely local endeavor. Consequently,the standards under which we teach our children and evaluate those efforts differ from state to state, and even within the states.

This is the kind of thing that is very popular on the right and the left, but ill serves the nation’s interests as a whole. People are 100% transportable from state to state and beyond. The skills they take with them must also be transportable. (more…)