ERIC Number: EJ703140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Accountability for Promoting Democracy: Replacing a Movement Fueled by Economics and Politics with an Alternative-"Responsibilism"
Sirotnik, Kenneth A.
School Administrator, v61 n5 p22 May 2004
In this article, the author ponders what is becoming of childhood and young adulthood these days, especially in the context of public schooling and the high-stakes testing and accountability mania now apparently in store for children at nearly every grade level. Opposition has emerged from all corners, including both right and left on the political spectrum. It is hard to know who your bedfellows really are. Some are likely those who still see this as outcomes-based education and the work of the devil, intruding into family values and responsibilities. Others find the high-stakes accountability testing and accountability strategies just plain stupid and contrary to what they believe good teaching, learning and assessment ought to be about. In this article the author gives his insights on these issues of outcomes-based education and accountability.
Descriptors: Accountability, Democracy, Democratic Values, Citizenship Responsibility, High Stakes Tests, Student Evaluation, Cultural Pluralism, Public Education, Educationally Disadvantaged, Educational Policy, Resource Allocation
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