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The Age of Accountability

The Assault on Public Education Since the Time of A Nation at Risk

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April 2020
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It’s clear that American public education has been under assault for more than the last 30 years. So much of the Age of Accountability has focused on blame, both of teachers and those who prepare them. Somehow, unlike in other professions, declarations were made to the effect that anyone could teach better than teachers, including business leaders and people from tony universities without teacher preparation.

The Age of Accountability scrutinizes the attack on teachers through weaponized data. While an effective corporate tool to improve bottom-line goals, its use in education became more sinister and misanthropic. International PISA scores imply the mediocre ability of American students, fueling a belief that American education needed more than an upgrade. The only answer that would placate many was a complete upheaval, a redefinition of a teacher and who should be permitted to become one. We teachers ceded authority to these business and legislative forces. Their subsequent fervor for testing overwhelmed teaching and drove the joy out of schooling for students. It is time for a recounting of what has been done to the profession and to our children. Young teachers need encouragement and veteran teachers need reminding of their valiant and effective efforts.

“Dominic Belmonte, in his book, The Age of Accountability: The Assault on Public Education since the Time of A Nation at Risk, reminds us with pith and vigor that education cannot be reduced to a test or a score. He emphatically urges us not to indict an entire profession and allow business paradigms to be applied indiscriminately to a profession that is an art and science, requiring specialized training, mentoring, and coaching – a profession deserving of great respect. He urges us not to allow those who are not in the profession to summarily dismiss a system comprised of many strengths and capable of adapting to new challenges. The Assault on Public Education is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the perspective of the educator – our most valued stakeholder serving our children. Dominic Belmonte, a consummate professional educator to the core and the leader of the Golden Apple for over a decade articulates this perspective better than anyone.”

Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., President, National Louis University

“Dominic Belmonte is a teacher’s teacher, and his calling has led him into classrooms at every level as well as into the halls of power where policy is crafted and determined. He’s been a life-long student of, as well as a key actor in, the history of education for decades, and his intimate knowledge of the enterprise has maintained its own true north—this unique child, an unruly spark of meaning-making energy on a journey of discovery and surprise, and this particular teacher struggling to listen systematically to children and families, and working to see children fully, beyond their test scores and anemic statistical profiles. The Age of Accountability brings Belmonte’s hard-fought wisdom into the public square—an important intervention in the national dialogue about where we must go from here if our goal is to teach free people to fully participate in our shared world.”

Bill Ayers, Author of "To Teach: The Journey, in Comics"

“Dom Belmonte has courageously reflected on the demise of teacher preparation and professionalism in America. A former teacher himself, coupled with having the longest tenure as President of the Golden Apple Foundation, he eloquently tells the story of how society and politics have victimized teachers. Once the most noble of professions, Dom describes how America’s quest for accountability has ironically made it even more difficult for the public to recognize teaching as a true profession. This is a must read for administrators, professors, policy wonks and, of course, teachers.”

Janet Knupp, Founder and former CEO, The Chicago Public Education Fund

Dominic Belmonte

Dominic Belmonte served the Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching as its Director of Teacher Preparation from 1996- 2006 and its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2006-2017. He was named a Golden Apple Award recipient in 1987. He served as Distinguished Professor of Practice at National Louis University, Chicago, and taught English York Community High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. In 1996, he co-created the GATE (Golden Apple Teacher Education) program, Illinois’ first alternative pathway to the standard teacher certification, which brought over 400 mid-career adults to Chicago classrooms, where they taught secondary math or science or elementary school children. He is the author of Teaching from the Deep End (2nd ed.) and Teaching on Solid Ground. Dom earned his B.A. and M.A. in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was conferred Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters from St. Xavier University (2011) and from National Louis University (2017).

Teaching, teachers, teacher preparation, testing, education reform, data, A Nation at Risk, teacher redefinition, teacher accountability