Thanks to Angie Villa, author of http://angievillaartwork.blogspot.com
for posting this button on her blog...where I just saw it. I wholeheartedly agree with what Angie says and writes about reforming American education away from an inappropriate corporate model!
I recently heard that a principal declared, "We're going to run this school like a business!" That is both a naive and callously simplistic statement (although in terms of pure propaganda, it sounds okay--sort of like "No Child Left Behind." And we know how that's been screwing up the educational system).
If and when that school-as-business model is implemented, then "education" quickly becomes all about hitting numbers, not about actually learning anything.
Inflicting a business model on schools will mean that the creativity and inspiration in school (on the students' side and the teachers') will immediately disappear, replaced by the simple fear of not earning enough to put bread on the table.
It's so wrongheaded to say, "We're going to run this school like a business!" that I am not even going to waste my time explaining it further (I have an article to write, and a deadline).
You either get it, or you don't.
Speaking of "getting it," there has long been an incorrect and offensive statement floating around. I'm sure you've heard, "Those who can't do, teach."
The statement is actually Aristotle's, and this is the real thing: "Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach."
Don't you feel better now?
My best to all teachers. Hang in there...and keep on top of the good activism that is happening to reform American education and move it away from the insensitive, dead-wrong corporate model some unthinking types have thrown in our way.
Teachers who care are trying to make education and schools better...don't be duped by the businessmen! They have no idea how to teach.