Perhaps the frame of accountability makes sense for dealing with corporations that stand to gain by putting the environment and the public’s safety at risk. But when it comes to our interest in the intellectual and moral development of all of our children, it is time to consider a different frame with a different set of central questions:
—What do children need to become intellectually curious and engaged, skilled, thoughtful, ethical, and knowledgeable citizens?
—What do parents and teachers need to support this development?
—How can we give what we have to parents, children, and teachers? (Maja Wilson on education at The Answer Sheet)
Wilson is the author of Rethinking Rubrics in Writing Assessment.