ERIC Number: ED468804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Should Business Reform Public Education? A "Rainy Night" for Georgia Teachers and Implications for Science Education.
Aliff, John Vincent
Into the "quality of public schools" issue step politicians with quick fixes--"proven" business practices variously rejected by experts Peter Drucker (Management by Objectives) and W. E. Deming (Quality Management). These include the following. Determine product quality by inspection--hence, compare school quality by testing teachers and students. Deming opposed maintaining quality by inspection, instead focusing on design Assume that the quality by product is not due to defective design, but due to incompetent personnel. Deming rejected making personnel the focus of problem solving. Make or perpetuate schools as authority oriented systems in which, paraphrasing Drucker (via Marc Tucker), teachers are treated as unskilled production line workers with little autonomy or pay. Apply a narrow focus on goals. In this case, they are economic. Public education has the long established purpose of educating citizens. Corporate America is concerned about the Math, Science, and English skills of prospective workers. An account of the recent history of educational reform in Georgia led by business interests is presented. (Contains 41 references.) (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Business, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Education, School Business Relationship
For full text: http://www.gpc.edu/~jaliff/gacadpaper.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science (79th, Milledgeville, GA, March 22-23, 2002). Abstract in: Georgia Journal of Science, v60 n1 p92 2002.