Reblogged from GADFLYONTHEWALLBLOG
When teachers asked, Bernie Sanders answered.
Why, Bernie? Why did you vote this summer against everything you seem to stand for on education policy?
The answer is in from the Vermont Senator turned Democratic Presidential Candidate, but it’s not entirely satisfactory.
The short version: Accountability.
In education circles, it’s a buzzword meaning opposite things to opposite people. And determined in opposite ways.
Ask a representative of the standardized testing industry, and more than likely he’ll tell you accountability means making sure public schools actually teach students –especially the poor and minorities. And the only way to determine this is through repeated, rigid, standardized assessments. Let’s call that TEACHER ACCOUNTABILITY.
Ask a real live educator, and more than likely she’ll tell you it means making sure local, state and federal governments actually provide the funding and resources necessary to teach students – especially the poor and minorities. And the best way to determine this is simple math. Let’s call that LAWMAKER ACCOUNTABILITY.