Updated on December 12, 2018.

Leave No Child Behind is a misnomer when we teach a large group of students in the same classroom who are at different levels of learning, do not allow children to enter kindergarten based on age rather than knowledge and ability, and do not challenge students to keep them interested in learning.

We need to decrease class sizes and provide instruction at the same level in each class. That means grouping students in below average, average, and above average classrooms. This allows students to get the instruction and attention they need to excel to the next level. 

We need to allow children to enter kindergarten if they turn 5 on or before the first day of school — no matter when school starts (August or September) — and test those who turn 5 up to December 31 and allow them to enter kindergarten if they are academically ready.

We need to offer more skilled labor training classes in middle and high schools to allow students to discover their interests and passions and enhance their skills so they can enter a career path that will sustain their independence.

Trudy Berry

Trudy Berry