Education

What’s in a Name?

By Anthony Rebora — September 24, 2007 1 min read

Congress’ work on revising the No Child Left Behind Act is going right down to the name, according to The Washington Post, with lawmakers saying they are considering a new title for the law. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), chairman of the House education committee, says the “No Child Left Behind” brand is too closely associated with an unpopular president and, if that weren’t enough, is demeaning to schools and teachers. “People find it an incredible insult … that we are deliberately leaving children behind,” he explains. There appears to be no shortage of suggestions for a new name for the legislation. Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, recommends the “Quality for All Children Act,” while Miami University President Donna Shalala has put forth “Children First.” Andrew Friedson, student body president at the University of Maryland, takes a more (shall we say) critical approach, suggesting the “No Child Left a Brain Act” or “All the Money Left Behind Act.”

What would you name it?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Web Watch blog.