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Falling Behind Because of No Child Left Behind

Melissa Kehano Melissa Kehano
Principal Beverly Stanish Principal Beverly Stanish
Anne Summers Anne Summers

By: Howard Dashefsky

(KHNL) - Like the five other 3rd grade teachers at Wailuku Elementary, Melissa Kehano will tell you, all children learn at different rates.

To expect all of them to meet the same goals at the same time is nothing short of ridiculous.

Especially when you consider the consequences.

"The school is labeled for restructuring or as failing school when sometimes it's only subgroups that are not meeting the expectations" says Kehano.

She says those expectations are made even more difficult to achieve when you consider special education students, as well as those learning english as a second language must also meet the same benchmarks.

Principal Beverly Stanish agrees. "It doesn't work, it just doesn't work for children. it's just like when your child is first learning to walk and talk. they don't all hit that milestone at the very same moment in the very same year in the very same month".

Anne Summers has been teaching at Wailuku Elementary for 7 years. But she now wonders how many good years she has left if she can't teach effectively.

"When you ask the teachers to teach the kids with testing being the first priority it becomes a problem because we came into it so that children come first".

And if the children don't come first, many here are left to wonder if the teachers will last.

"All of us feel it's not putting the children first" says Summers. "And this is what we want to do. The law is counter productive to good meaningful teaching".

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