Little Harry is a product of the ritzy schools on the south shore of Long Island. For Harry, a student in resource room, failure was not an option. His teachers bent over backwards to make sure he graduated on time, with the rest of his class. And, while his mother always pushed personal responsibility for him, it wasn't enough. No matter how she punished, no matter what he yelled, no matter how much money she spent on tutors, Harry did what Harry wanted to do, which was next to nothing. A school like the school he attended could not afford to have non graduates in their statistics so Harry was pushed ahead.
Harry now attends a local community college. He is just about to finish his first year and has completed one remedial class and 2 credit classes. He cuts. He reports late to class. He doesn't study or do homework. He didn't do anything in high school so he didn't expect college to be any different. Boy, was he wrong.
When Harry found out he would not even be allowed to take a final (due to his poor attendance), he got hysterical and called his mom. He told her he finally realized that he screwed up. He promised to do better next year because she was just about ready to yank him out of school.
Harry thought his math teacher would get in trouble because so many were failing. He thought his English teacher would get fired because she did not greet the class with a smile every day. Harry thought his mom could get involved and help him out. Harry found out, the hard way, that real life doesn't work like that. Maybe if he had been held more accountable in high school, maybe if he was held back a year or forced to spend some time in summer school, he might be a little more mature and ready to handle college now.
Accountability, the big catch phrase of the twenty first century is a joke. Good administrators always held teachers accountable for doing their jobs in the classroom. Teachers never minded being accountable for doing their jobs. Accountability now is just a way to make teachers accountable for things they have no control over. Accountability for teachers has stripped students of their own accountability.