The former director of the American Association of School Administrators outlines a coherent countervision for turning schools back into places that nurture children.

Authentic Accountability

Authentic accountability

Not everything that can be counted, counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

—Albert Einstein

For the past couple of decades, there has been an increasing interest in making schools more accountable. There has been a sense that if accountability is increased, then schools will improve. The problem with this thinking is that it assumes that the problems schools face are internal and that results can be changed simply through external pressure that will change internal behavior. In essence, it implies that the educational problems facing America are rooted solely in the schools and that by increasing the heat on schools it will force better performance. It is not unlike finding that your car is not running well and then you step ...

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