NCLB was enacted to give teachers greater authority and flexibility in exchange for more accountability. However, the law places great emphasis on reading and math and requires stringent testing on these two subjects. This forces many schools to abandon environmental education programs so they can invest more time and money in math and language arts. Science teachers, for example, bypass environmental science and other subject areas that do not relate directly to the all-important state tests. They, too, forego valuable field experiences for the students, as this takes time away from test-related instruction.
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