ERIC Number: EJ757356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
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Why Can't Schools Be Like Businesses?
School Administrator, v63 n2 p32 Feb 2006
In answering the question posed in the title, the author begins with a story that businessman Jamie Vollmer told to educators a few years ago. In examining business involvement in U.S. school reform, the author looks at the 1890s through 1920s and the 1970s to the present--two points in history when business leaders and educational entrepreneurs, fearful of the United States losing out in the global marketplace, sought major school reforms. In this article, he discusses three basic differences that separate businesses from schools: (1) multiple purposes of tax-supported public schools; (2) public responsibility for achieving these purposes; and (3) democratic deliberations in deciding policies and determining school success. He also offers examples of corporate malfeasance to illustrate a major difference in decision making between U.S. businesses and public schools.
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Public Schools, Business, Educational Change, Educational History, School Business Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Logical Thinking, Role of Education, Public Support, Educational Policy, Public Policy, School Policy, Participative Decision Making, Business Administration, Comparative Analysis, School Administration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United States