Why Our Obsession with Quality and Accountability is Eroding Public Education and What We Can Do About It
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Joel Westheimer University Research Chair in the Sociology of Education, University of Ottawa. In the past decade, educators have witnessed unprecedented attacks on public schools in North America. From Oregon to Ontario, Chicago to Calgary, Wisconsin to Waterloo, the legislative assault continues. In this lecture, I trace the corporate obsession with so-called quality and accountability measures and explore the consequences for democratic principles and practice. I also position parents and teachers and, yes, even academics as important catalysts for change.CPEP/CIDEC sponsored.