I don't think it is just a British thing. More of a city/urban thing, maybe? Not sure but I know some people like that and some who aren't.
I don't have great self-esteem and compliments make me feel really self-conscious. So I do try to brush things off or minimize them but I don't say things like that as a backward way of getting compliments.
NCLB was started by GWB and pretty much universally hated by everyone. It mandates high-stakes testing. I think one provision of NCLB is that 100% of children will be able to read at grade level by 2014. I don't care what date you set, there are some kids who just will never be able to read at grade level, as I know all too well. It has really caused big changes in schools across the country because teacher's peformance is tied to their students' performance on standardized tests. It's led to a lot of stress and negative changes.
I have heard there are some changes coming that will allow states to waive certain requirements of testing but I haven't heard much detail. Change doesn't seem to be happening very quickly despite the fact that everyone hates NCLB.
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