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I Don’t Like “Accountability” | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

I Don’t Like “Accountability” | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

I Don’t Like “Accountability”

In my opinion, many unwise actions are taking place in the name of accountability. I’d like to highlight three recent ones:

Educators are now being told in Memphis and in other areas that student evaluations of them and their classes will be included as part of the teacher evaluation process.

Videotaping is being used by the Gates Foundation on thousands of teachers to connect which practices lead to higher test scores, and some are calling for constant video monitoring in the classroom.

Several state legislators and other officials want to start grading and punishing parents who don’t come to parent/teacher conferences and other school events.

I’m not a fan of the word “accountability” when it is related to schools. It comes from the Latin roots meaning “calculate,” and it reinforces the view that everything that happens in schools is countable. I prefer the word some

Charter Schools Statistics – Maybe Not What You Thought | Lefty Parent

Charter Schools Statistics – Maybe Not What You Thought | Lefty Parent

Charter Schools Statistics – Maybe Not What You Thought

Charter schools have become such a flash point in the U.S. Educational debate and a real red flag of sorts for a lot of progressive folks who see the “charter school movement” (as some supporters frame it) as forwarding a more conservative anti-union, pro-privatization agenda. I, as a progressive (I’m calling myself “left-libertarian” these days) and advocate for “many educational paths”, am drawn to charter schools as the “only game in town” when it comes to trying to (take baby steps at least to) move away from an OSFA (one size fits all) public school system.

As a parent (and not a teacher) I am sympathetic to the union issue in particular, not because I think that adult school staff should be divided into “labor versus management” but because I think teaching is a very important profession and that teachers need to create professional associations so that they are seen as such and have the appropriate clout in school governance and larger societal questions. I think most charter schools, like

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