not a business model

The current trend in education is to model a business and allowing us to reach the majority of our students.  Businesses are efficient, they have to meet the needs of their clientele or they ceases to exist, and they compete against other businesses to keep them innovative. The products they put out are to one extent governed by the government (at all 3 levels) in quality and in honest product advertisement

Public schools also have used various models of educational structure to reach the needs of their students.  They have competition from private schools, and if they do not meet the needs of their clientele, students will be attending those private schools.  All 3 levels of government also govern public schools, and their product has an annual public disclosure demonstrating which schools are meeting their Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) on their states NCLB test.

That is where the metamorphosis of our nations public schools structure should end.  There are a few problems with fitting the square business model into the round public education hole.  First, and most important, a business can send back, throw out, or refuse to accept any product that does not meet their specific needs.  Public schools have to accept everyone, no matter their ability level, their behavior, or their disability.  This is a cost that business will not accept but public schools will.

Next, if a business goes out files for bankruptcy the only money that is affected is the cash of the investors.  It will not affect the entire community.  However, public schools use public money and because of the enormity of that fact should not radically change their structure unless there is statistical and factual backing for any such kind of move.

This is just the beginning of the argument on how to change schools.  We should be cautious on how public schools modify themselves.  Lets not allow right-wing politicians, who want to break the back of school unions for the benefit of private schools and education corporations, make the calls.

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