The biggest concern for Gary Snawder, superintendent of Girard USD 248, is that the test-taking will take away from creative teaching, therefore causing faculty and students to suffer.
"In theory, I support it (Bush's plan) wholeheartedly," Snawder
said."My inner feelings are that we are going to have to be real careful because you can only push so far with the staff we have and with the number of students we have until people start saying, 'hey, I can't reach this and I want to do something different, I wanna drop out of school, or I don't want to be working as a teacher anymore'."Snawder, who has been an educator for more than 30 years, said he has seen a lot of good teachers come and go.
But now, more and more teachers towards the end of their careers are saying, 'I don't need this, I can retire and I'm burned out because of all the requirements'.
is worried that No Child Left Behind is putting a lot of pressure on preparing kids for college, but not for the workforce.
"I don't know what the percentage is, but I would probably say 25 percent of our students actually complete a college degree within 10 years," Snawder
said."Well what are we doing for the rest of those students?If we put in all those extra requirements, extra math and extra language arts and fine arts, we are missing a lot of students and there are a lot of technical careers out there that we need a lot of people to fill those jobs.
"Sometimes I am afraid all this testing is going to force kids to maybe not finish high school, and that concerns me greatly," Snawder