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ERIC Number: EJ889150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
More Choices, Higher Scores, and Worse Education
American Educator, v34 n2 p12-15 Sum 2010
If there is one thing all educators know and many studies have confirmed for decades, it is that there is no single answer to educational improvement. There are no grounds for the claim made in the past decade that accountability all by itself is a silver bullet, nor for the oft-asserted argument that choice by itself is a panacea. This article argues that choice movement and the accountability movement are not solutions to educational dilemmas. Accountability and choice may or may not raise test scores, but neither is a surefire way to improve education. Higher test scores may or may not be a reliable indicator of better education. The article stresses that overemphasis on test scores to the exclusion of other important goals of education may undermine the love of learning and the desire to acquire knowledge, both necessary ingredients of intrinsic motivation. (Contains 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001