Argument: No Child Left Behind has a narrow curriculum
- Debate: No Child Left Behind Act
- Resolved: That on balance, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has improved academic achievement in the United States
Extended argument and supporting evidence
A study conducted by the American Heart Association and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education contends that diminishing physical education in school has contributed to rising levels of childhood obesity. - No child left out of the dodgeball game? Trickey, H. (2006). CNN.com. Retrieved 6/7/07
The Center on Public Education found that after implementation of NCLB, 71 percent of the districts surveyed had elementary schools that cut back on instructional time for a subject to make room for more reading and math — the primary focus of the law. - No child left out of the dodgeball game? Trickey, H. (2006). CNN.com. Retrieved 6/7/07
Surveys of public school principals indicate that since the implementation of NCLB, 71% believe instructional time has increased for reading, writing, and math (subjects tested under the law), and decreased for the arts, elementary social studies, and foreign languages.
- Lynch, Robert L. (2007). No Child Left Behind Act wrongly left the arts behind. Retrieved 9/15/07
- 'Associated Press. (2007) "Schools Boost Focus On Math And Reading". Retrieved 9/15/07
In some places, the implementation of NCLB during a time of budget restraints has been blamed for the elimination of classes and activities which are outside of NCLB's focus area:<ref>National Education Association (2003) - *[http://www.nea.org/esea/storiesfromthefield.html "Cuts Leave More and More Public School Children Behind". Retrieved 9/15/07
- 'No Child' Law Leaves Schools' Old Ways Behind. Retrieved 9/15/07 - "It hurts me to give up art, but it hurts me even more to have kids who can't read," said school principal Kathy Deck in Indianapolis, Indiana. Washington Post (2004)].