The No Child Left Behind Act and the whole standardized testing movement have forced American students into the mold of the ideal corporate American worker, creating in the American public education system a myriad of “worker-producing factories” to better assist companies on Wall Street and beyond. Huge amounts of teachers and parents have cried out against its deficiencies. The education of American children has become financed and subsequently controlled by corporate America, and people don’t like it.
The thing is, one of the purposes of education is to prepare our kids for the workforce. Yes, it is to teach critical thinking, an open mind, and all that other good stuff, but without education, how else are we to prepare our children to become successful members of the working class? We hated school for its rigidity and its droll schedules, but then again, don’t we say the same thing about our 9-5 jobs? Heck, maybe the boring rigidity and pointless busy work of testing prepared us for the pointless quarterly reports and boring memos we would have to endure in our cubicles from the ages for 27 until we retire?
Keeping this in mind, who provides a huge amount of jobs for the American people? Corporate America. Since they are the ones who will ultimately determine whether or not our children will get jobs, wouldn’t getting them involved with the preparation for those jobs benefit those who are being educated?
I understand that too much corporate involvement is not a good idea, and we can see how it has affected our students. However, it would be beneficial for our students to have those skills directly mandated by their future employers to help them to succeed in their future jobs.
How would a visible yet relaxed presence by corporate America in education look like? Too often we condemn policies in place, yet we have no answers of our own. Undoubtedly NCLB is not the way to go, as it disenfranchises schools and overly punishes them for struggling students, causing them to struggle even further, but what better option do we have to assess students and their skills? How can we fairly distribute funding to schools without unfair allocation policies?
It almost seems like the taxation dilemma. There doesn’t seem to be a fair way to implement it. Either way, someone will be unfairly treated in some way. Even if there is a better solution, will it work in the “one size fits all” way that NCLB has been implemented?