Grade School Goes Corporate
Businesses want to build better employees, but will that really mean a better education for your child?
Indeed, even the CEOs who sign on to the excellence bandwagon start to sound different when they get into immediate needs. Prudential's Ryan, for instance, doesn't really need a surge in the number of doctors and lawyers. He needs smarter call-center workers.
Admittedly, answering phones is not the future Jackson imagines for her Brazier students, even though, as Ryan points out, working at a call center requires more brains than ever. Whether the long- or short-term vision prevails, this business-driven momentum for public education reform seems unlikely to yield soon. There is, however, one data point those CEOs may not be able to control: what Lawrenesha wants to be. And she wants to be a teacher.