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ICYMI: Hiding under the banner of accountability

op-edMy latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. The start of school – both as a student and an instructor – got me thinking about how education and politics are intertwined.

Not that that is anything new: education is very much shaped by politics – and vice versa. I’ve written a many column drafts – never submitted for publication – on the two, particularly over the last couple of years as I’ve seen up close the state of education.

Another layer is coming, with the president’s proposal to rate colleges, this on the heels of the College Scorecard launched earlier. I expect there will be a lot of pushback on the latest proposal.

In a perfect world, we would have the best of everything. All of the students would come to school prepared to learn. All of the teachers would come prepared to teach. All of the materials and technology would be available. Classes would be of sufficient size to accommodate the various ways that students learn.

And so on.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.

All we can do is try to make it better.

My column appears in The Virginian-Pilot every week, usually on Thursdays. You can see the columns as they are published here, or navigate to them from the PilotOnline.com homepage by clicking on Opinion and then choosing my name at the bottom of the dropdown list. You can also see the columns by liking my Facebook page. Although my column appears weekly, I am not and have never been an employee of The Virginian-Pilot.

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