Guy Benveniste

Guy Benveniste
Professor Emeritus,
University of California, Berkeley

Guy Benveniste is professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He was formerly a special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs at the U.S. Department of State; an economist in education at the World Bank; in the education division at the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development; a senior staff member at the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning; and an assistant manager of the International Program at Stanford Research Institute. He received his PhD in the sociology of research and planning from Stanford University.

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Publications by Guy Benveniste
This article addresses two conflicting trends in U.S. education. On one hand, there is a considerable expansion of statewide controls of education, including new statewide accountability schemes. On the other, there is a resurgence of interest in…
Accountability became fashionable in the 1960s. In the 1970s, there was a heated discussion about the pros and cons of ac­countability. We discussed the need for accountability. We also discussed problems and limitations. During the 1960s and 1970s…
Accountability can be part of the solution. That is, accountability can lead to school improvement. However, accountability can also be part of the problem. It can lead to gross distortions. Teaching is a complex task. Our best understanding of the…