Blog Response #5

Title of Post: That They Should Wear Our Colors There...

URL: http://practicaltheory.org/serendipity/

"My state is re-examining graduation standards. So who are they talking to?

Business. Not exclusively, but in large numbers.

Business is telling the state what they need for their workforce.

My job as a principal is not to prepare kids to be a workforce. My calling is higher than that.

Citizenry is the higher calling. Workforce development is secondary."

 

My Response:  Great Post!  I agree that it is not our job as educators, or future educators in my case, to prepare our students strictly for the business world.  It is our job to prepare them to be better people and be able to contribute to the world as a whole, not just the business.  However, by having businesses so actively involved in setting testing and graduation standards we are keeping the businesses' interests at the forefront, and simply training our students to become part of the workforce.  This needs to change!

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