The stated goals of No Child Left Behind are in a head-on collision course with reality:
No Child Left Behind, the landmark federal education law, sets a lofty standard: that all students tested in reading and math will reach grade level by 2014. Even when the law was enacted five years ago, almost no one believed that standard was realistic.
But now, as Congress begins to debate renewing the law, lawmakers and education officials are confronting the reality of the approaching deadline and the difficult political choice between sticking with the vision of universal proficiency or backing away from it.
The battle against the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs by athletes is increasingly being led by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as part of an expanding cooperative effort with the U.S. Olympic Committee's primary anti-doping body, according to law enforcement and anti-doping officials.
If Olympic Committee wants to enforce anti-doping rules, that's their business (ditto for MLB, the NFL, and so on). But it's a waste of taxpayer money.
And, while we're at it, we should stop using government funds to support the Olympics, sports stadiums, college football (via state universities), golfing (via public courses), and all other sporting activity. Athletics is great; but it should not receive government support.