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Leave No Child Behind

Posted by Barney on January 22, 2004

In Reply to: Leave No Child Behind posted by ESC on January 22, 2004

: LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND/ NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND - ". the Children's Defense Fund - an organization that actually cares about leaving no child behind - trademarked 'Leave No Child Behind' as its slogan back in 1994. In fact, the Children's Defense Fund had even put together legislation called 'Leave No Child Behind.' As a result, George Bush was forced to change the name of his education initiatives and his actual legislation, creatively, to 'No Child Left Behind.' When you look at the two proposed laws side by side, and realize how limited George Bush's vision is of what it takes to leave no child behind, you start to wish the guy would have ripped off a little more than the name." From "Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back" by James Carville with Jeff Nussbaum (Simon & Schuster, New York, 2003) Page 152.

As someone without a complete understanding of everything American the slogan 'Leave no Child Behind' could mean almost anything, from ensuring that every child is given a good education, to a plea for all right minded citizens to ensure that, when vacating any Catholic Church, they should be diligent and ensure that no child is left to the tender mercies of the local paedophile priest. As a one time frequent visitor to the US I give equal weight to either hypothesis. Equally given the unfathomable antics and initiatives of G. W. Bush over the last several years his initiatives and actions give only weak indicators of what's really intended.