No Child Left Behind Is A Pipeline To Prison

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No Child Left Behind is a Pipeline to Prison

Lisa R Addison

December 14, 2008

ENG. 105

AIU online



The no child left behind (NCLB) Act's mandates and lack of federal funding have led to failing schools, frustrated teachers, and administrators and worst of all children left behind by a system that does not have the resources to educate properly under the NCLB mandates. The "one size fits all" mentality of NCLB has in fact caused inequality and injustice to the children it intended to protect and educate equally. The doors of opportunity have been slammed on children and have pushed them out of the mainstream public educational system and into alternative schools and the juvenile justice system causing a school-to-prison pipeline.


No Child Left Behind is a Pipeline to Prison

The NCLB act was signed by President Bush in early 2002 and in theory was what should have been the best thing that could have ever happened to public education.

NCLB is based on a previous law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The NCLB initiative is intended to narrow the gaps in achievement, hold schools accountable for advancements each year, and hire better educated teachers. However, NCLB has failed its own fundamental purpose and will result in failing schools and more importantly failing children. The NCLB and its unfunded mandates have pushed already struggling school systems to their breaking points and caused many children to be forced into alternative settings such as the juvenile justice system and alternative schools which are grooming them for adult prisons, thus no child left behind is a pipeline to prison.

The NCLB initiative has in effect inadvertently caused a...