"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"...no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities." – Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Accountability: A Two-Way Street

from Making Education Work.

Where is the accountability for the social conditions under which students live? Where is the accountability for the mandated curricula imposed on public schools by politicians, legislators and testing companies?

Why aren't municipalities, legislators, and politicians held accountable for the high level of child poverty in the US? Why isn't Pearson held accountable if its tests and test-prep materials don't increase student learning? Why does it seem that the only options considered are to close schools and fire staff members? Is there no one else who has any responsibility for public education?


Stop the Testing Insanity!


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