“Politicians should back off from schools”

This article appeared in January 20th Daily Journal, editorial section, and should be read by everyone interested in education. The article was written by Jason Webster, a Tupelo resident and teacher at Northeast Mississippi Community College. “Accountability is fear: Responsibility is love. To understand why so many of Mississippi’s public schools are failing to educate our children, you must grasp the difference between these two words, between the language of accountability and the language of responsibility.” Everone insits on “accountability” and teaching for the test. I have always marveled at how much a child learns between birth and kindergarten with no teacher, other than parent. Even the child of the worest least educated parent learns. Maybe not what we would like but the amount learned is still beyond belief. Many children learn their A B Cs, how to read a little, a little math, (one is more than two) how to act. The power of obversation and trial and error is phenomenal. How to walk and run, identify objects, likes and dislikes, talk even if a limited vocabulary, ride a bike, throw a ball and the list goes on. If you have chilren think about how much your children learned before they reached kindergarten or first grade. I would almost bet that pre kindergarten level of knowledge of Mississippi children is equal to or almost the same as children throughout the nation, yet we are ranked at or near the bottom by the time a child gets to the end of high school. The difference between accountability aand responsibility is as wide and deep as the Atlantic ocean. In my view my children’s teachers have a responsibility to our children and not to the schools administrators. The administrators should have an accountability to the public to insure that this responsibity is understood and is working in the classrooms.

2 Responses to ““Politicians should back off from schools””

  1. Lisa says:

    “Mississippi’s highest ranked educational component – its accountability system – says we’re at last being honest with ourselves about where we are. “

    Being accountable to Education Week’s annual ranking of state school systems is not being accountable to students and taxpayers. It is the community that is paying the bill and the community needed to dictate the high standards not the federal government or state government. Teachers will tell you the measured grade level reading is too low and it is not even being met. Parents need to spend time with their children listening to them read and explaining what they have read. Perhaps a TV is not needed in a home with children.

  2. Lisa says:

    Researchers say cultural forces keeping girls away from scientific careers are strong in the United States, Britain and Canada.

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