Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Business and Educational Reform
Business and industry have a long, varied, and controversial history of involvement in education reform. Proponents assert that business is an important customer base and partner to schools because business will be employing its graduates, and business is viewed as a key source of knowledge about educational content that students will need for the future. Detractors claim that businesses are intruding on education in order to promote their own interests; they accuse business leaders of being unreasonable in their calls for standardization and for schools to operate more like business. To complicate matters, some segments of the business community and some sectors of the education community often claim the same moral high ground, all interpreting influences and impacts differently but both touting the interests of all students. The complex interaction of business, workplace, and education is inescapable. Widespread public education has evolved in part as a societal solution for preparing ...