ERIC Number: ED045568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Oct-19
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Response to Lessinger: The Great Day of Judgment.
Dr. Lessinger's position of accountability (see ED040 155) seems to be within a very limited view of the function of the school. Not all educators are well adjusted to the status quo; some hold that the school shall build a new social order. Dr. Lessinger seems to say that teachers should be accountable for the training component but not the more important education component. Teachers want to know what he means. Regarding the "basic skills of reading," the issue is not that teachers have failed to teach the basic skills but that they often have not been made aware or given the proper tools, materials, and preservice and inservice training to do the job. The difference between Dr. Lessinger's paradigm for accountability and that in AFT Quest Paper #12 (ED041 870) is that his is based on the simplistic dichotomy of success or failure whereas ours is based on the more complex notion of identifying teachers' strengths and weaknesses and then establishing continuous progress programs for them. Dr. Lessinger says that the heart of the education engineering process is in the performance contract. AFT teachers have passed a resolution pointing out that performance contracting can take the determination of education policy out of the hands of the public, threaten to establish a new monopoly of education, dehumanize the learning process, sow distrust among teachers, promote teaching to the "standardized" test, and subvert the collective bargaining process and reduce teacher input. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.