The Business Model and Its Discontents

Diane Ravitch, Bridging Differences, Sept 30, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's not clear any more - as though it ever was - that we should want to run educational institutions like a business. "Eli Broad-who has done so much to promote the adoption of business models in the public schools-has given Harvard University $44 million to establish an 'Educational Innovation Laboratory' at Harvard... the purpose of the Broad research laboratory at Harvard is to continue the Broad Foundation's campaign to bring business methods to the schools. What a strange irony that this would occur at the very time that our financial system teeters on the brink of disaster!"
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