Education

What’s in a Name?

By Anthony Rebora — July 03, 2009 1 min read

With the Education Department reportedly planning to change the name of the No Child Left Behind law, Nancy Flanagan says she’s still working on a recommendation, but is pretty sure it will include the word “investment.”

Nations whose systemic education results are uniformly impressive invest continuously in people. And we should, too. No euphemisms, but lots of hard work.

Meanwhile, we can all take solace in the fact that the department has decided to get rid of the NCLB-branded plastic red-schoolhouse entranceway to its headquarters--which, as Flanagan memorably puts it, “looks like someone grafted a Bob Evans” onto the building. The symbolic connotations, in hindsight, are almost painful. ...

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