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ERIC Number: EJ1186553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1703-5759
The Inefficiency of the "Cult of Efficiency": Implications for Public Schooling and Education
Eckrich, Lucille L. T.
Values and Ethics in Educational Administration, v2 n4 Sum 2004
This article suggests that the bureaucratic and so-called "scientific" management model, which U.S. public schools adopted from the business world, was neither the most efficient for nor wholly original to the world of commerce from whence it came. Rather that business world operated and still operates in a sub-optimal way because of an inefficient imbalance at the core of the trade relations that constitute it. In three parts, this article: (1) Draws on monetary theory to expose this bias in the U.S. economy, highlighting efforts underway worldwide to supersede this inefficiency; (2) Introduces the moral theory of Jane Jacobs (1992) to shed light, first, on plausible origins of this way of doing business and, second, on the organization of the public schools subject to it; and (3) Considers how Jacobs' ideas can provide moral guidance for the reorganization of public education if and as it transitions to a new way of doing business.
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Language: English
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