Business' Role in Education

President's plan for greater business involvement generates


Business has been a leading force in the decade-old educational reform movement. Worried that high school graduates lack the skills needed to enable the United States to compete in the 21st century, business leaders have pressed hard for changes aimed at upgrading the nation's schools. Educators have welcomed some partnerships between schools and business, but often resisted structural changes pushed by business interests. Now, President Bush has given business the lead role in creating a private corporation to select designs for more than 500 “break-the-mold” schools slated to be in operation by 1995. Educational groups have reacted warily, raising questions about whether the 10-year commitment to educational reform promised by major business organizations will produce collaboration or confrontation.

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