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.