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Re: [xmca] Increased use of "accountability" in books

Fits my experience, richard.
Around UCSD, talk about "business models" for organizing teaching and
research (never mind public service!) are ubiquitous..... perhaps a linear
correlation with a decrease in funds for the once-public University of
California. (Note that the Times also reports a study of the economic
benefits of attending an exclusive college).

This goes to an earlier message from Andy about everyone agreeing that
economically marginalized children should get a good education. No. Not
everyone agrees. The strategies for coping with normal
high school after attending a version of a "community of learners" school of
the sort that De Palma et al discuss reveal some of the underlying issues
pretty clearly.

(PS- I included this line of research in the paper on culture and
educational reform from last year's AERA that appeared recently in Ed
researcher. Copies on request for anyone interested).

On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 8:56 AM, Richard Beach <rbeach@umn.edu> wrote:

> I put in "accountability" into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, and found a
> marked increase in use of that word from 1985 to 2005
> http://tinyurl.com/267lfd7
> As Richard Ohmann has noted, there was little use of "accountability"
> applied to education prior to the 1980s.  Given the rise of a business
> management discourse (Fairclough), it has now become a primary discourse
> for
> framing school policies.
> All of this reflects the control of corporate America over the system since
> the 1980s.  As reported in today's New York Times, the Supreme Court sided
> with business interests 29% during the Warren court and 47% during the
> Burger court (1969-1985), as contrasted with 61% of the time during the
> Roberts court (2005-2009).
> http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2010/12/19/us/politics/19roberts-graphicA.
> html?ref=us<http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2010/12/19/us/politics/19roberts-graphicA.%0Ahtml?ref=us>
> In his column, Frank Rich summed it all up by quoting the new Chair of the
> House finance committee that's supposed to oversee the finance industry:
> "As
> Bachus¹s instantly notorious pronouncement
> http://blog.al.com/sweethome/2010/12/spencer_bachus_finally_gets_hi.html
> had it, 'My view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve
> the banks.'"  In truth, this congressman¹s view has been the prevailing
> view
> in Washington under both parties since the Reagan administration.
> On 12/18/10 12:49 PM, "ANTHONY M BARRA" <tub80742@temple.edu> wrote:
> >  Across the blogosphere, everyone's playing with Google's Books Ngram
> > Viewer.
> >
> > This seems like a crowd who'd enjoy this tool.  But careful if you don't
> > have some time to kill!
> >
> > http://bit.ly/dPNE04
> > http://bit.ly/hdcxlN
> > http://bit.ly/feXL47
> >
> > Overview of the program
> > here<
> http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/12/the-decline-of-man-
> > as-a-word/68167/>
> > .
> >
> > - Anthony (cheers from Villas, USA)
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