Blackboard and the Bottom Line Why Schools Can't Be Businesses

ISBN-10: 0674025385

ISBN-13: 9780674025387

Edition: 2004

Authors: Larry Cuban

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"Ford Motor Company would not have survived the competition had it not been for an emphasis on results. We must view education the same way," the U.S. Secretary of Education declared in 2003. But is he right? In this provocative new book, Larry Cuban takes aim at the alluring clicheacute; that schools should be more businesslike, and shows that in its long history in business-minded America, no one has shown that a business model can be successfully applied to education. In this straight-talking book, one of the most distinguished scholars in education charts the Gilded Age beginnings of the influential view that American schools should be organized to meet the needs of American businesses, and run according to principles of cost-efficiency, bottom-line thinking, and customer satisfaction. Not only are schools by their nature not businesslike, Cuban argues, but the attempt to run them along business lines leads to dangerous over-standardization--of tests, and of goals for our children. Why should we think that there is such a thing as one best school? Is "college for all" achievable--or even desirable? Even if it were possible, do we really want schools to operate as bootcamps for a workforce? Cuban suggests that the best business-inspired improvement for American education would be more consistent and sustained on-the-job worker training, tailored for the job to be done, and business leaders' encouragement--and adoption--of an ethic of civic engagement and public service.
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Book details

List price: $23.50
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Business and School Reform
The Logic of the Reforms
How the Reforms Have Changed Schools
Why Schools Have Adopted the Reforms
Limits to Business Influence
Are Public Schools like Businesses?
Has Business Influence Improved Schools?
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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