I'd say it was kindergarten when I started hearing from other parents and teachers about "no child left behind." When Alex started coming home and reading books I knew things were a bit different from when I was in school but learning to read at the beginning of the school year in Kindergarten? Then I was quickly introduced into the Accelerated Reader program that quizzed the 5 yr olds on books they were reading that alot of schools push to reach higher reading standards. I have been giving the tests to Alex's classmates for 3 yrs now and just stopped in October. Then one day Alex came home talking about the new salad bar and how they had to take at least one fresh veggie even if they don't eat it. I chat with her principal all the time so I asked him one day, "hey what's this new salad bar thing where the kids have to take at least one thing, even if they don't eat it." He told me it was part of the new standards of "No Child Left Behind" and they still follow the FDA guidelines but had to add a few more things to follow NCLB. Interesting eh? Also Kindergarten and 1st Grade they had snacks before leaving school in conjunction with NCLB standards.
So fast forward to 2nd Grade. Alex is a master at decoding phonics, learning simple multiplication, does reads at a 4th grade level, eating a variety of fresh veggies (if she wants to lol) and learning to write in cursive. Yes 7 years old and learning to write now in cursive. Now I know we want our kiddos to excel, I get the NCLB act, but isn't this going a bit fast for these little ones? I must have been a 5th grader before I learned anything about cursive.
I didn't even mention either that the past two years she's brought home some sort of homework everyday. Is this a bit much to you? Are they going to start Sex Ed for us next year? lol