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Facing Accountability in Education: Democracy and Equity at Risk


reviewed by Paul Carr — May 31, 2007

coverTitle: Facing Accountability in Education: Democracy and Equity at Risk
Author(s): Christine E. Sleeter (Ed.)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807747793 , Pages: 256, Year: 2007
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Christine Sleeter has assembled an impressive group of well-known scholars to examine one of the preeminent issues in contemporary educational reforms, namely the highly contentious and politicized issue of accountability in education. Part and parcel of the rhetorical drum-beat infused into the neo-liberalization of education, emblematized by the tangled web cast by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, it has become problematic to argue, at least publicly, against accountability. Accountability is intended to encompass a range of concerns, policies, processes, practices and outcomes, yet it is a concept that is poorly understood at the mainstream level. Politically, it is inconceivable to oppose accountability in the same way that it would be foolhardy to oppose democracy. The problem, ultimately, is that the lack of consensus on what accountability means leads to disenfranchisement and marginalization, pitting groups, sectors and institutions against one another. Facing Accountability in Education: Democracy and Equity at Risk... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 31, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14508, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 5:55:14 AM

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  • Paul Carr
    Youngstown State University
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    PAUL R. CARR is assistant professor in educational foundations at Youngstown State University, where he undertakes research on democracy and social justice in education. His book The Great White North? Exploring Whiteness, Privilege and Identity in Education, which he co-edited with Darren E. Lund, is published by Sense Publishers. He is presently working on another book with Dr. Lund entitled Doing Democracy in Education which will be published by Peter Lang in 2008.
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