Is there no such thing as moral responsibility and social accountability at all? Is every mean or vicious thing that you or I as ordinary individuals do, not sin, but rather as expression of “illness”? Who would seriously hold that a society could long endure which consistently subscribed to this flaccid doctrine?
There is no accountability in the public school system - except for coaches. You know what happens to a losing coach. You fire him. A losing teacher can go on losing for 30 years and then go to glory.
Business today is being forced to return not only to its commercial fundamentals but also - above all and more so than ever - to its human fundamentals. It is not exactly that business is changing. Business is becoming what it is, transforming itself to what it is meant to be. The intensity of the demands for personal responsibility and accountability and their unforgiving nature, that is
what is new and that is the core, both for you and for your customer, for culture, and for product.
Throughout the history of our economy, personal responsibility and accountability have been the foundation. But it never has been as strong, comprehensive, and thorough as it will be from here forward.
The standards and accountability movement has grown dramatically over the last decade. The No Child Left Behind Act became law, and it has laid bare the problems in many of our poorest, worst-performing schools. We can no longer say that we didn't know that these schools were failing some of our most vulnerable kids. To improve the quality of education, we need to improve instruction in the classroom. Nationwide, two million teachers will leave teaching over the next decade. NYC already loses 30% more math teachers and 22% more science teachers than it certifies every year. IN 2001, I proposed the National Teacher Corps, which brings teachers into the classroom, and a new initiative that would provide more schools with strong principals. Both became law.
The great spirits were received strong resistance from the always-minded inadequate. Such minds remain incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bend without accountability to the common biases and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and with honor.
If you know what's going on and know how society can be improved and happiness advanced, you tend to focus on how to get things done that will help health, safety, opportunity, justice, accountability of powerful institutions to the people they are supposed to serve.
Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.
I think generally we're heading in the right direction, but we still don't have enough seats for all these kids.