Standardized education has had a profound impact on current educational trends. The business efficiency paradigm that illustrated early 20th century American schools has permeated current educational trends. The No Child Left Behind Act draws its main regulations from efficiency-centered education as a means of producing a highly qualified and competitive workforce. America’s position as a global power has waned in recent decades and the public school has been called upon to solve the situation. American schools, teachers and students are presently inundated with standardized curriculums, tests and expectations that are inaccurate and harmful. By failing to address the social inequalities of the country, the American government has furthered the deterioration of public schools.