NCLB – The Football Version

A. G. Rud has a funny analogy comparing football with NCLB. Well, funny in a sad, sad way.

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND—The Football Version

1. All teams must make the state playoffs and all MUST win the championship.
If a team does not win the championship, they will be on probation until
they are the champions, and coaches will be held accountable. If after two
years they have not won the championship their footballs and equipment will
be taken away UNTIL they do win the championship.

2. All kids will be expected to have the same football skills at the same time
even if they do not have the same conditions or opportunities to practice on
their own. NO exceptions will be made for lack of interest in football, a
desire to perform athletically, or genetic abilities or disabilities of themselves or their parents.

3. Talented players will be asked to workout on their own, without
instruction. This is because the coaches will be using all their
instructional time with the athletes who aren’t interested in football, have
limited athletic ability or whose parents don’t like football.

4. Games will be played year round, but statistics will only be kept in the
4th, 8th, and 11th game. It will create a New Age of Sports where every
school is expected to have the same level of talent and all teams will reach
the same minimum goals. If no child gets ahead, then no child gets left behind.
If parents do not like this new law, they are encouraged to vote for vouchers
and support private schools that can screen out the non-athletes and prevent
their children from having to go to school with bad football players.



  1. This was fabulous….sad that you have to resort to a mythical analogy to make the point…do you remember that book about the Saber Tooth curriculum….it was a scathing parody of reform efforts….

  2. Thanks dredvention,
    I do remember the Saber Tooth Curriculum. In fact, I teach a class in Philosophy of Education and had my students read it. Sometimes we need an analogy or satirical parody to really “see” something with a critical eye.

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