Review of the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) – conclusion

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has various impacts on families, through provisions that deal with parental involvement in schools and funding of programs to support minority groups and enhance diversity in the educational system. For instance, the Act provides for family support and responsibilities, family membership and stability, family involvement and interdependence, family partnership and empowerment, family diversity, and vulnerable families. Some of the specific ways through which these are ensured include supporting minority groups such as girls, poor families, disadvantaged children and illiterate children, providing funds for promising education programs and books for enhancing literacy skills, supporting participation of parents in developing, implementing and evaluating education programs, funding counseling programs in schools and addressing the special needs of rural schools and families.

The NCLBA has various implications, both positive and negative on families. On the positive, the Act will increase student enrollment in schools, enhance quality of education, reduce inequity in education, and promote the well-being of the students and the families. On the negative, the Act indirectly discriminates against the minority groups by entrenching a perception that they are less capable than their peers, and increases tensions between teachers and parents when increased parental involvement lead to selfish demands by parents for teachers to provide more attention to their children at the expense of other children. Despite these, the NCLBA of 2001 promises positive implications in the long run especially after the act is fully implemented as envisioned since it would enhance access to education among society thus improving the overall well-being of communities.

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