Before policymakers and other key stakeholders can make decisions surrounding educational accountability, they would do well to focus their full attentions on the idea of trust. It’s the characteristic most lacking in every discussion about the word accountability in education, and with good reason. The present economic situation has many afraid that, like most industries, education departments will find ways to cut teaching jobs in the name of efficiency. They become dissonant when leaders will continue to cite faulty research about class size and success. They’re furious that the chairs and employees in the district offices, many of whom have little classroom experience, will solely focus on one aspect of their whole teaching careers (test scores).
Yet, most of this can change, and will, when these very leaders change the paradigm from one where things are done to in-building educators and done by in-building educators.
Jose, whose blog is considered one of the top 50 Blogs for Black Men (thanks, AfroDaddy) …