Not by Schools Alone: Sharing Responsibility for America's Education Reform

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Chapter 10
Businesses and Other Employers Linked to Schools

In assessing the linkages that schools might make with other institutions, there is one type of institution that stands out as particularly important: the employer, particularly the business organization, whether large or small. As has been pointed out in earlier chapters, many businesses have become intensely involved in collaborative or partnership activities with schools since the issuance of A Nation at Risk in 1983. Yet far too many of these partnerships have worked only at the margins, doing little to effect real school restructuring. Others have been one-sided or one- dimensional forcing attention onto changes that the schools must make, rather than recognizing that employer practices are also subject to change in the interaction that necessarily exists between schools and employers when they recognize their inherent interdependence.

This chapter will explore some of the reciprocal linkages that, in a holistic conception of the system in which schools and employers are embedded, might enhance the potential for real school improvements. Achieving this potential requires new understanding of the roles of employers, particularly large businesses, but also smaller businesses and other organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, who employ individuals within communities.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Note 5
  • Chapter 1 a Context of Change 7
  • Notes 24
  • Chapter 2: The Social Fabric of Education 29
  • Chapter 3 the Institutional Fabric of Education 49
  • Notes 73
  • Chapter 4 the Realities and Responsibilities of Education 77
  • Notes 93
  • Chapter 5 Not Alone: Outside in Thinking 95
  • Notes 111
  • Chapter 6 System Dynamics of School Failure 113
  • Notes 135
  • Chapter 7 Structure as Possibility 137
  • Chapter 8 Structure as Solution 161
  • Notes 175
  • Chapter 9 Networks and Schools 177
  • Notes 198
  • Chapter 10 Businesses and Other Employers Linked to Schools 199
  • Notes 215
  • Chapter 11 Conclusions 217
  • References 221
  • Index 231
  • About the Author 241
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