In a column for the New York Times, Michael Winerip writes that for him, the No Child Left Behind law has simply created politicians that distrust teachers. Because their judgments aren’t reliable, the law substitutes batteries of tests to provide assessments in their stead. But he asks: “How successful can an education law be that makes teachers the enemy?” He argues that even the most ardent supporters of NCLB have to admit that the guarantee to have a highly qualified teacher in every classroom has been poorly carried out. To rectify this, Winerip suggests rewarding states that mandate small class sizes. He also suggests the creation of a “No Family Left Behind” law–aimed at correcting economic disparities that have an adverse effect on students’ education… (Note: This site requires free registration.)