Why Schools Aren’t a Business

The idea that schools should be run as a business and that students/parents are our customers is a worn out cliché. My first question to those that use this as their school speak is which model of business should we follow? The car industry? Insurance companies? The banks? Those that export jobs overseas? It sounds great to state this and rally those angry about education, their current job status, lack of representation, lack of healthcare or pension, etc. However, really what model should we follow?
It is very easy to make such statements without substance. Some people enjoying rallying around catchy sayings or “bold” statements without examing the logic behind such statements. The idea of running our schools like a business takes away from our ability as educators to provide a quality education.
If we take a factory approach of the business model, students begin as an unmolded piece that starts at the beginning of the conveyor belt and comes out the other end as a molded piece in which everyone thinks the same (standardized testing supports this model). Those that don’t fit that mold get discarded along the way.
Perhaps we should take the insurance model of the past, where we decide which students we decide to educate. Those that don’t learn in a traditional manner (pre-existing condition) simply are pushed aside.
We still have this mentality of the business model is an ideal situation to follow.  In taking a closer look it may not be the best model to follow

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