Dr. Rich McGrath Blogs about NCLB and Children of Poverty

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Dr. McGrath suggested in a recent
blog that No Child Left Behind means that data integrity is urgently required
because achievement gaps impact children of poverty.  Many congressional representatives signed off
with a wink that all our children would be reading and computing math at grade
level by 2014.  This lofty and admirable
goal is neither realistic nor will it come to pass.

Dr.  Rich McGrath (www.drrichmcgrath.com) is an expert in
all phases of education, particularly versed in school-wide reform of inner
city schools; with experience leading a school of students with over 90%
poverty and over 60% English Language Learners.

Children with learning
disabilities and those learning a second language continue to struggle.
Children caught in the cycle of poverty continue to struggle. These achievement
gaps continue and sadly, will for some time.  
Each individual state determined goals of proficiency or Adequate Yearly
Progress (AYP). Now ten years later, nearly half of the states have not met AYP
goals and the failure rate grows annually.

While 20% of Massachusetts’
schools have met the federally requirements of NCLB, a whopping 78% of Louisiana’s
schools have also met these requirements. 
These data might allow one to erroneously conclude that Louisiana’s
schools are demonstrably better than Massachusetts’ schools.

McGrath insists, “This
discrepancy is merely manipulation and a direct result of individual states
determining and defining unique levels of student proficiency. Incomparable
data leads to inaccurate conclusions…comparing apples to oranges never works.”

Arne Duncan, with the blessing of
the Obama administration, decided to bail out the individual states from NCLB
and so far eleven states already had waivers approved and many more on their
way.  Most states will have requests for
waivers from NCLB approved by September 2012. NCLB, as currently constructed,
will be left impotent.

Emphasis will continue to be
placed on standardized assessments, but states will be measured on a growth
model versus a proficiency model. Schools are accountable for demonstrating
student growth no matter how low or high current performance data reflects.  Test results will determine whether teachers
are successful.  Some states already base
a part of teacher salary and/or job performance on student test performance;
these trends will continue, as detailed by the National Council on Teacher

With statistically sound data
assessment, all engaged in the education field must constantly and consistently
operating in the lean world where Kaizen Education Models force parents,
students, teachers, principals, communities, and technology breakthroughs, to
challenge the status quo.  Every day we
find better ways to help all children from falling behind.  These ever greater demands for knowledge and
the capacity to learn, read, compute, and communicate with dynamic proficiency
and effectiveness will create a greater gap among the children who most need
dynamic (and methodologically sound) education solutions.

Follow Dr. Rich McGrath on
Twitter @drrichmcgrath.  Insights, newsFree Reprint Articles,
and best-practices can be followed daily.


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 Unfortunately, the internet and computers have led to the destruction of many children’s lives. For instance, kids end up in betting and playing extremely addictive games that they lack time for constructive activities. As a result, parents are shunning from providing their children with the comfort of free internet! If you are under this crisis, then time is nigh to consider free to play mmorpg games for your children!

Benefits of RPG games for children

To begin with, RPG games come along with social network! It is obvious that you would take pride in children who are well socialized. Peer socialization has always given rise to responsible, accountable and honest individual. Through playing among other people, your children will not only make new friends but they will also learn morally acceptable values. For example, they will know how to give in to defeat and take responsibility for their actions. These values are vital and significant in their adult life. Most important is the reality that they will be making friends with people whom they share common interests with.

In addition, online games enable your children to become smart. Most gamers are smarter than the averagely intelligent people. This is because most average minded people do not have the intrinsic motivation to take part in games. Often, they tend to be driven by the commentaries of ignorant others rather than taking time to proof whatever they hear. Usually, when we learn facts independently, we tend to be firm in our decisions and we can defend our knowledge wisely. This is the reason for which smart people get into free to play mmorpg games. Hence, you should motivate your child to play such games. In the long run, they will interact with smarter people and become smarter than they already are!

Gaming teaches etiquette! Gaming in a team uniquely creates a social contract. You must appreciate that the society is in itself a social contract before you appreciate these games. In every contract you must listen whether or not you will be heard. You will also learn how to participate when it is your turn to do so. Furthermore, you will have the golden opportunity to nurture new players just like you can be a model or mentor to nurture younger people of the society. Most of these courteous skills are hardly learnt in adulthood. Hence, it is your role to teach your children to be well mannered in their tender years. This can be quite tasking especially when you must fulfill your daily chores at your workplace. Luckily, if you let your child play online with other games, you will not have to labor in molding them; they will automatically learn etiquette.


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