“See No Child’s Left Behind”

In 2003 I submitted a satire to Phi Delta Kappan.  I should have saved the postage.  The editor rejected it, saying, “It’s not funny.”  Driving home that day, I thought, “Of course it’s not funny,  Jonathan Swift was not “ha ha — funny,” either.  Good satire is biting and ridiculous — not hilarious.

Later that year the American Association of School Administrators solicited reflections on No Child Left Behind.  They published my satire in The School Administrator.

You be the judge.  Is it biting, a little bit funny, and a lot ridiculous?