Corporate Educational Endeavors: What will Ensure Education Reform a Teacher/Union Leader's Perspective

Al Shanker cites the corporate model as one that might help restructure and re-conceive public education. Profits and other incentives encourage corporations to change their practices to achieve the desired bottom line. With education, however, Shanker argues that innovation has been discouraged despite the failure to educate students. Further, Shanker argues that colleges should hold students to higher standards, and employers should consider high school performance in hiring so as to encourage high school students to work harder. He also argues that teachers should be given incentives too. He does not endorse merit pay, but acknowledges that some type of incentive will certainly help improve education.

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