According to wikipedia, accountability is a concept in ethics and governance with several meanings. It is often used synonymously with such concepts as responsibility, answerability, blameworthiness, liability, and other terms associated with the expectation of account-giving.
I like this definition. It’s much more clear than dictionary.com which states that accountability is the state of being accountable. Come-on dictionary, just tell me how it is for real.
Geoffrey Canada came to campus last week to speak as part of the George T. Hunter Lecture Series which focuses on issues affecting the Chattanooga community. Canada is a social activist and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone in Harlem, NY which is something I recommend you check out.
I feel the meaning of his speech was that we need to hold ourselves accountable for the education of the children in our own community. Those kids are the future of our community. Without the proper education and values to succeed in life.. Where does that leave our future?
It isn’t a pleasant place, I can assure you of that.
These are things that have always been on the back burner in my mind, at least until recently. The UTC design program (juniors/ seniors) will be hosting a CreateAthon on Campus in April of 2011. It will be geared toward education.
Here’s a tidbit from Peyton Rowe (Creative Director of CreateAthon)’s resume as a description of CreateAthon:
A pioneering academic program modeled on the professional model, CreateAthon onCampus is a way for college students to learn, earn credit, and serve the local community. During the year-long program students help develop, administer, and manage all aspects of the program which culminates in a 24-hour creative blitz held during Spring Break. Student teams mentored by professionals work around the clock, to generate advertising and marketing for local nonprofits that have little or no marketing budget. Area vendors partner with the CreateAthon onCampus teams following the 24-hour event to produce the work at no cost to the nonprofits. The mission is to widen the scope of communications students beyond “getting the job” to considering how they can be successful and help those in need. In the past two years, the events have served 24 nonprofits and produced over $195,00 worth of creative work for the nonprofits.
While it’s a little different for us, you get the idea. I’ll have more information about it as the time gets closer. For now I just wanted you to invest a couple of minutes of thought into education and what a world of difference it can make in a child’s life, not to mention our own. If our children fail, then we, as a community, fail. This is where we have to hold ourselves accountable. This is when it’s important.