By: Jody-Kay Thompson
“Accountability breeds response-ability.”-Stephen Covey
Accountability is defined as the fact of being responsible for what you do and being able to give a satisfactory reason for it, or the degree to which this happens. Within the education system it seems that students’ success or the lack there of as it concerns behaviour and academics is often attributed to a varying factors.
More often than not the ‘buck is passed’, as we find that the hierarchy of accountability takes into consideration the Prime Minister, Education Minister, ministry officials, chairmen, principals, teachers, parents then students. If student results aren’t on par with the required standards then there is invariably a case of finger pointing along the hierarchy. Whilst everyone has a part to play I would like to focus within this article on student responsibility for academic excellence and positive behavioural management.
According to the Jamaica Observer article entitled “Take firm action to improve discipline in schools.”(Cammock-Gale, 2015) It emphasizes the behavioural challenges that are often encountered by school administration by students and calls for positive action. It further emphasizes that within a specific high school, “much time is spent by teachers addressing inappropriate behaviours when they should be doing lessons. This is not necessarily a result or reflection of bad classroom management.” (Cammock-Gale 2015) We hear similar stories from several educators across institutions as they lament the challenges experienced within the education system.
The question therefore arises, when will we start holding students accountable for their actions? A toddler when pursuing the wrong course of action often looks sheepish while trying to gauge his/her parents facial expression to see if they are right or wrong. This informs us that children are firstly aware of their decisions and oftentimes the resulting consequences. If we start holding students accountable we are not in anyway scapegoating the issues which may have contributed to their negative actions as this is dealt with within its own right. However, we are also teaching them the universal principle that ‘to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’ which is outline in Newton’s Third Law.
Additionally, if students demonstrate poor behaviour then invariably this will affect their academics. Many studies have shown that poor behaviour is synonymous with equally poor academic performance. Therefore students must take into account every decision which is a chain reaction that propels them into long-term consequences.
How then can we hold students accountable? Tickkiz is a 21st century Behavioural management system that proposes to address this issue as it focuses on students’ behaviour, parents engagement, professional management and linking them all together to minimize crisis and maximize learning in schools. Our vision is to tap into this market by creating the finest behavioural management software for persons who loves scalability, anywhere access, efficiency and more importantly has an active role in their students learning potential. The software is a combination of a web and mobile application. The web application primarily focuses on behavioural management, classroom management, academic management and compare and contrasting the relationship between the three. The mobile application is built for parents and links each child’s behavioural history to their parents. Other notable main features of the mobile application are twenty-four (24) hour access to student’s information, push sms, email notifications and student grade monitoring. Tickkiz aims to make the process of managing behaviour more efficient and also easy for parents to connect and be aware and involved in their children’s everyday school life.
If we integrate this technology within our education system then students will engage in more positive behaviour and academic management, as they will not only be held accountable to self but also the school administration and through daily parent monitoring.