One of the most puzzling initiatives in the history of American education has been the No Child Left Behind program created by Rod Paige and championed by George Bush. It hijacked the curriculum of every American school by imposing a universal testing system - without a corresponding curriculum. Far from improving schools, it forces schools to have students focus on regurgitating disconnected facts at the precise time in history when Industrial Age factory based learning models are as obsolete as bloodletting.
I urge you to view video at the link below.It brilliantly points out where the focus should be in education. Hint - it doesn't involve standardized testing. It will give you hope that perhaps we will get education right some day soon.
View video: Changing Education Paradigms