Authentic accountability in education

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  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    Dec. 15, 2012 10:10 p.m.

    The author continues to promote the false philosophies that prompted the need for testing and accountability. I hate NCLB, but it is precisely his philosophy that brought this kickback that became the No-Child-Left-Behind excess of testing.

    His romanticized view of children show that he hasn't been full time in a classroom for way too long. Nor would his philosophies implemented produce what he claims. Learning takes work. There are things that are more worth learning than others and these must be taught and learned. Just letting them explore and discover whatever they want to will never produce anything.

    The author's philosophy, called constructivism, gave us whole language and new math, which produced students who couldn't read, write, or do math. The current accountability push is just the over-reaction against Stoddard's faulty ideas of education. It's because of people with his philosophies that made teachers have to put up with all the interference from those calling for accountability. If he doesn't like it, he should look to himself as one of those who caused it!

  • ShellBelle Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 8:11 p.m.

    Wow! If only we had realized how utterly unimportant it is that our students have no measurable skills or content knowledge we would have focused on teaching them to "sense truth with their hearts" from the beginning. No wonder our students perform so abysmally on international math and science assessments.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    Anything that works against the tyranny of standardized testing has to be a good thing. Kudos.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    This is one of very few sensible pieces I've read in a long time about our education challenges. There needs to be a full three-way partnership in our schools -- between teachers, students, and their parents.

    That has been lost in the last 20 years and needs to return. (With accountability for all three sides of the triangle.)

  • guspine Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    Applause to writer, but I think the argument against basic knowledge is out of balance. As a former educator, I've seen much value in pre and post testing, drill and practice. Let's not abandon content mastery, which is also important.