There’s the big debate about whether schools could, or should, be run like a business. I’ve certainly worked for some businesses that would drive a school into the ground.
On the other hand, I’ve experienced some business models that would make a school flourish. A lot of the positive aspects i’ve experienced are embodied at Google.
Can you imagine:
- A teacher having to interview with most of the people in the department they’ll be working in, rather than just an AP or two and maybe the department chair?
- All trivial work removed so that teachers can focus all of their energy on being better teachers?
- Teachers in constant contact with each other: in each others classrooms for observing or cooperation, constantly in communication with each other regarding their work. (I didn’t say most teachers would like it – but it would make them better).
- Teachers encouraged, with time & money, to pursue innovative ideas.
- Real data driven analysis, with teams of people designing metrics, collecting the data, and feeding back on the effectiveness of new practices.
- Staff meetings that people want to go to because the information is relevant and useful because it comes from other people putting it into practice just like you.