Thanks, Tracy. I'm interested in talking about education. Not only how we can reverse the effects of NCLB, but what we as parents can do to support and help our children academically.
I'll be honest, I'm really lucky. My DD is in 1st, but is advanced. She's very good in math and has skipped two grade levels in it (she goes to another class for math). But overall, she "gets" school and loves it. So we try to find ways to enhance that. Since she's loving math, we also do lots of Math workbooks (from the bookstore) home to do when she's bored or we need her to sit down (and shut up! lol). One of her favorite things is to go on the computer and do Khan Academy math. If you don't know Khan, check it out. It has sets of problems that get progressively harder, and videos and hints to help when problems arise.
DH love it and DD thinks of it as computer play time. There's no stress involved and we don't "make" her do it, we just offer it when we think the time suits. She's also advanced in reading, but we haven't found anything that is fun and progressive for her other than reading chapter books. There must be something cool out there, right?