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Accountability

Truth and Consequences

Peter Cunningham | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Winston Churchill once defended democracy by calling it, "The worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." Perhaps the same can be said for test-based accountability.

The Case for Charter Accountability

Amber Arellano | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Amber Arellano

With the future of our students at risk, it's time to finally hold our charter school authorizers accountable for the public education they are providing our children.

Resources Without Accountability Won't Work Any Better Than Accountability Without Resources

Kati Haycock | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

At first, our coalition of national civil rights, business, and disabilities organizations may seem like odd bedfellows. Indeed, during the course of...

What Purpose Does Your Safety Blanket Serve?

Lauren Stahl | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Stahl

Saying goodbye to my safety blankets hasn't been easy. In many ways, they have gotten me to where I am today. I have to be compassionate to them. I have to forgive and not beat myself up for past decisions or actions.

The Murky and Troubling Maze Behind Adani's Australian Coal Projects

Aaron Packard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Aaron Packard

Australia's largest ever coal project, Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin, has been found to have a murky and troubling maze of corporate arrangements spread across known tax havens.

Atmosphere of Accountability

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 02.05.2015 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

I believe in accountability. We are stewards of the public trust. I also believe that government has a right to know what we're doing with the public funds. But too many masters can do more harm than good.

Davos & Disruption Done Right: In Praise of "Difficult Women" in Finance

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business
Janine R. Wedel

Women are still most definitely outsiders in places that matter, not least in finance. And we saw last fall what a Wall Street outsider can uncover, just the latest woman in finance to blow the whistle.

Rule No. 84: Diane Ravitch's Other Letter to Lamar Alexander

Peter Cunningham | Posted 02.02.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Education historian and reform critic Diane Ravitch recently sent an open letter to Senator Lamar Alexander with recommendations for rewriting No Chil...

How Do I Make My Team More Accountable - Start Here

David Dye | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
David Dye

The CEO had caught me in the hallway, looked around to make sure she wasn't overheard, and nearly shouted, "I'm so tired of this - people need to be more accountable!"

Failure to Launch: The Federal Plan for Higher Education Accountability

Robert C. Pianta | Posted 01.08.2015 | Education
Robert C. Pianta

We are well aware of the critiques of higher education, and with the cost of college rising faster than health care, it should come as no surprise parents and taxpayers feel they are not getting their money's worth.

Children's Rights...Any of Our Business?

Badr Jafar | Posted 01.05.2015 | Business
Badr Jafar

When Malala Yousafzai collected her World's Children's Prize in Stockholm last month, she donated her prize money to help rebuild schools in Gaza.

How Not to Reinvent the Wheel in College Accountability

Gary A. Olson | Posted 02.27.2015 | College
Gary A. Olson

At a well-publicized speech in Buffalo, New York on August 22, 2013, President Barack Obama announced that he would create a plan for sweeping reform of higher education. The details were sketchy, but the projected plan would institute a rating system of colleges and universities nationwide.

Accountability for the Top 95 Percent

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Moving to a focus on evidence-based reform will not solve all of the contentious issues about accountability, but it could help us focus the reform conversation on how to move forward the top 95% of teachers and schools -- the ones who teach 95% of our kids -- and how to put accountability in proper proportion.

3 Thoughts on Torture Following the Release of the SSCI Report on Torture 2014

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

If we as a nation do not demand accountability for the truth revealed in this report, then how can we ever make sure that such immoral, illegal, evil acts (or worse) will not be repeated in the future? Accountability sets a strong and undeniable deterrence factor.

Make a Decision... Make It Count!

Amy Oraefo | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Oraefo

Remember, the past is the past and it should stay there. Leave the disappointments behind. Resolve to learn from failure, but never let it define you. Evolve and challenge others around you to do the same.

Battleground Main Street: The Trust War

Mark Coleman | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Mark Coleman

The issue has become too big for us to ignore. American's have become less trusting of big business, big government, and big media. But what is most alarming is an intensifying loss of faith in each other.

A Ferguson Window: 'Get the F Off the Street'

Eli S. McCarthy | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Eli S. McCarthy

Wilson and aspects of police culture need to be held accountable for their role in this process including Wilson's very minimal de-escalation efforts. Such accountability is an actual human need of anyone involved in a process of harm.

5 Ways to Raise the Accountability Bar Inside Your Company

David Finkel | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
David Finkel

It's one thing to create a grand plan to grow your company, it is a whole other thing to get your team consistently executing.

A Path Beyond the Opt-Out Movement

Kevin Welner | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.

Strengthening Children's Rights Through Better Data

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Dr. Jody Heymann

Pop quiz: Will secondary school be free for your children? Do all girls and boys have access to health care? Are children and youth protected from hazardous labor? Are there any exceptions to these rules? Are you sure?

Are You Showing Up?

Kristen Noel | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristen Noel

Are you showing up for yourself? For others? If you can't show up for yourself, there's no point trying to do it for someone else. Start with asking, what feels right in my heart? What do YOU need?

85 Million Children Work in Dangerous Conditions: Are Governments Fulfilling Their Promise to Prevent This?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

In countries around the world, kids work in gold mines, salt mines, and stone quarries--while millions more toil in fields, factories, or construction sites.

Management: Your Version, Your Team's Version, and the Truth

Alex and Cadey Charfen | Posted 01.12.2015 | Small Business
Alex and Cadey Charfen

There are very few people, if any, who like being micromanaged. The discrepancy between managing and micromanaging is simple, a perspective difference -- the perspective of the business owner and perspective of the team members.

Childhood: Where Trust Is Born or Torn

Mark Coleman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Coleman

Trust is a foundation of all individual and social relationships. Whether you ultimately trust yourself to be able to catch the ball, or put trust into others to guide your ongoing development, trust is an essential element of personal growth and success.

Using the Data Revolution for Mutual Accountability & Transparency in the Era of Sustainable Development

Dr. Paul Zeitz | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Dr. Paul Zeitz

Recognizing that we as global citizens, are, at a critical inflection point in global sustainable development, in the design and implementation of data revolution 2.0, to ensure better data for better programming, delivery and mutual accountability.