The Rigidity of NCLB

As Andrew Goldenkranz, Principal of Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz, California, says in an interview,

NCLB has been damaging in practice, even though I think it was not a bad idea in principle.

Goldenkranz should know as this year he's losing Jefferds Huyck, a teacher who has a doctorate from Harvard in classics, 22 years of teaching experience, and 16 students who won honors in a nationwide Latin exam (Freedman). Why? Because he doesn't have a teaching certificate.

Any idea without flexibility, like the NCLB in this case, can create more problems than it solves. And teaching without flexibility can stifle learning and ability, too. I remember while in the 7th grade, my math teacher forced me to show how I solved my long division problems. I had simply been doing the operations in my mind and writing down the answers. Not believing I could do divisions involving 3-figure divisors, she had me demonstrate. Although I did demonstrate several problems for her, she decided that it was more important to follow her rules. Within a few years, that ability had evaporated. So, what rules do we enforce that we could be more flexible about?