Monday, February 13, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: Education Accountability Edition

From Robert Pondiscio at The Core Knowledge Blog
I remain equally skeptical of the storyline that says schools are dysfunctional purely as a result of adult indifference or self-interest.
I see no reason to believe that failing schools are filled with tenured layabouts refusing to teach and not getting fired. In my experience, such schools are mainly filled with decent people trying their best and failing. And with depressing regularity, they are failing despite doing exactly what they were trained to do–even because they are doing exactly what they were trained to do.
The entire edifice of accountability assumes that American education is essentially a sound product, but it’s delivered poorly. I see no evidence to suggest this is true. I see much evidence to suggest it’s not.

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