I get part of your point.
My apologies to those of you with 'inner city' roots. If you drop out the scores from our so called inner city' schools, our test scores and performances rank among the best in the world. Our other 1st world nations do not test the same pool as we do. We test them all.....and post them all.
NCLB.....was a poor plan. It was once again geared at doing something for our 'inner city' schools and teachers. And that's not all true, as there are many outstanding teachers and students that come from poverty stricken ghettos. But as a whole....
As a life long educator, I feel the problem lies with the fact that no one, mostly the family, will let anyone fail. We have spirit awards, and participation awards, and we all get medals and trophies, and no 'F's on report cards, etc etc
The first time someone gets dumped by a girl, fired from a job, picked on at school, etc They have no tools how to handle it. Throw in more media attention than the Olympics, you have a formula for disaster.
Our schools need some improvements, and we're working at it, but almost every teacher I know wants accountability. We get over ruled by helicopter parents, we have administrators who won't kick a kid out because they dont want to lose state aid.....and you can see the picture. Everybody passes, honor rolls are huge, and then they fail.....