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Can Corporate Hands Guide Public Education?

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Adeniji Kayode
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Re: Can Corporate Hands Guide Public Education?
Adeniji Kayode   9/14/2012 7:34:56 PM
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@Ariella,

That is one of the effect of misplaced priority

Adeniji Kayode
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Re: Can Corporate Hands Guide Public Education?
Adeniji Kayode   9/14/2012 7:17:38 PM
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Having an HR is still in the heart of every corprate organisations in Africa, this other side of the coin mentioned is not yet a problem or not noticed in  this part of the world.

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Re: Can Corporate Hands Guide Public Education?
Ariella   9/14/2012 10:18:30 AM
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@SP sure there are politics and teams within corporations, as there are in just about all organizations. People like to feel that they are in control of their own fiefdom and will try to take down anyone who appears a threat to their authority and control. I've had that experience in schools as well as businesses. 

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Can Corporate Hands Guide Public Education?
SP   9/13/2012 3:07:27 AM
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Very true words said about HR folks. Most of the HR I have seen in my career are political, self centered and likes screwing people who are honest, hardworking and straight forward. These HRs know hardly anything about potential of human resources or buman beings. They easily make camps, go down to any low level to show a person how they can spoil their career if the person doesnt oblige them. I feel there must be a feedback taken from all employees for HRs. But the worst is when HR start abusing their powers and create a bad environment for the engineers to work. I witnessed a particular case where the HR used all her power to demotivate a Java developer just because he was  hardworking, quite straight in talking and was not ready to behave as HR assistant. HR's ego was hurt and she kept finding mistakes in the HR database that the developer has designed. But its very difficult for any employee to stand against these monster HRs as in an organization they seem to have the magic power of recruiting and firing.

The corporate world is not as rosy as it looks from outside.Using Corporate HR policies on education system, in my personal opinion is not a great thing. Let the education scenario be away from corprate HR policies.

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Ariella   9/12/2012 1:35:18 PM
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@Barbara there is a great deal of variation for standards, depending on which state you're in. For example, the test that high school teachers in New York teach to is the Regents exam. Other states don't have the same exam, though they may have soem of their own. However, budgets have a strong impact. Some Regents requirements -- like the foreign language -- have been eliminated, not because of an educational mandate but to save the state money.

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Barbara Jorgensen   9/12/2012 12:50:33 PM
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Awesome, awesome post. But to close the circle: using corporate practices to evaluate teachers is a bad idea. But is the current system any better? Using standardized tests means teachers teach to the test (which may be the lowest common denominator in some areas of the country.) If the teachers are good at this, they get tenure. Hooray--our children can aspire to mediocrity!

 I'm not sure there is an easy answer to this, particularly if we eliminate privatization as an alternative. Are charter schools the answer? In Mass., I think they use the same standards as public schools (as do parochial schools).

Any feedback?

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