This advice-column-style blog for SLPs was authored by Pam Marshalla from 2006 to 2015, the archives of which can be explored here. Use the extensive keywords list found in the right-hand column (on mobile: at the bottom of the page) to browse specific topics, or use the search feature to locate specific words or phrases throughout the entire blog.
How is it possible that a teacher or therapist could guarantee to leave no child behind? There always have been and there always will be people left behind. That’s is how life is, and no matter what ideal pie-in-the-sky philosophy one has, one cannot leave the facts of life out of the equation.
For example, when it comes to hard sciences like chemistry and physics, I definitely was left behind. But I am not moaning about it. I found something else to occupy my time, something more fitting to who I am and what I am able to understand and accomplish. To blame someone else about being left behind in these subjects seems to be ridiculous and unhelpful to the education community. Why is it anyone else’s problem that I could not keep up?
The no-child-left-behind philosophy makes victims of us all, it takes away our power to be ourselves, and it leaves school children at the mercy of their teachers. “I couldn’t do it because the teacher was no good.” This is the thinking one finds within the prison community––it’s someone else’s fault. Well, I happen to disagree.
Some children will learn to read the great literature of the ages but others only will learn how to recite the ABCs. Some children will learn math at a fantastic level, others will only be able to count to ten. Some children will go on to be Olympic athletes and others will barely learn how to walk. This is life as we know it here on planet Earth. Every person is worth respect and honor and love, but not everyone will win a gold medal. In my opinion, no-child-left-behind is a dream that doesn’t really fit the facts of life.
Edited to add: I found this cartoon to be relevant.