Adequate education is a civil liberty to which every citizen is entitled. Like similar public services, however, the quality of education varies substantially from institution to institution, despite copious state and federal regulations. This inconsistency has contributed to an increase in educational or school malpractice cases. Although the legislation supporting these cases is still vague, anyone involved in the education system should be informed on the basics of educational malpractice.
1. What It Is
Like other types of malpractice suits, educational malpractice occurs when a teacher, school, or district fails to provide sufficient education to one or more students. For example, a student who manages to graduate despite the inability to read or write may sue the school for negligent behavior.
2. Who It Affects
School malpractice affects lives on both sides of the educational aisle. A successful malpractice case can mean the end of an educator’s career or the closure of an entire institution, but students suffer the most when they fail to receive the standard of education necessary to succeed in life.
3. Why It’s Tough To Prove
Generally, effective teaching is measured by curriculum standards and standardized test scores. These are only two factors in the equation, however, and any number of things can lead to student comprehension or performance issues. The absence of concrete evidence and clear cause-and-effect relationships means educational malpractice cases rarely hold up in court.
Despite their best efforts, educators and schools sometimes fall short of the high standards to which they are held. Raising awareness about school malpractice and mitigating its impact is therefore critical to the success of society’s most important service: educating the future.