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The Blackboard and the Bottom Line

Why Schools Can't Be Businesses

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$24.50 • £19.95 • €22.00

ISBN 9780674025387

Publication Date: 09/15/2007

Academic Trade

272 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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Sharply relevant to our current preoccupations. [The Blackboard and the Bottom Line] is scholarly, well-documented, and shot through with a passion for community-based education. Very readable, and recommended.—Michael Duffy, The Times Educational Supplement

It’s hardly a surprise that corporate leaders have spent more than a century trying to remake schools in their own companies’ images so that they become more competitive, efficient, and productive. Of course, business has not always lived up to its own standards—think Detroit in the 1970s and Enron in the ’90s. But as education historian Larry Cuban reveals in his captivating new book, this hasn’t stopped businesspeople from insisting that they know best… Cuban is a former high school teacher and district superintendent who’s now a professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, and he, like others of us in the profession, knows that the differences between businesses and schools are immense and often intractable… Cuban, in fact, does not want businesses to stay out of education but rather to show a great deal more humility in their involvement. They should stop asking how schools can be more like them and instead consider—especially in this era of rampant corporate corruption—the ways in which it’s OK for schools to be different.—David Ruenzel, Teacher Magazine

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