Public Schools as Business Enterprises
There is an indisputable reality in education. A school could not exist as a stand-alone entity. A school often requires an agglomeration of individuals and entities, many of whom must work toward a single goal.
In general, a school is a public entity. But a school could not function on a public forum. Certain aspects about the school must be private. What that means is that a school often exists as a business enterprise.
In reality, the notion of a school as a “Business” does not always make sense for most stakeholders in education. The understanding is that every school is a public entity. As such, school officials must be accountable to the public.
Public versus Private Enterprise
The question I am asking here is whether there is a clear difference between a public and a private entity, at least when it comes to education. Should there be such a difference? This is precisely what I propose to investigate in the upcoming posts.
Here, however, we could classify a public school as an organization. With that said, I must also point out an inherent characteristic of an organization. That is, such a setting is a business by its nature.
Does that mean a school is a business entity as well? The answer may surprise you.
Defining a Business Enterprise
As we move along in the next few posts, a relevant question worth asking is what sets a school apart from a business? Keep in mind that by using the term “Business,” I am simply referring to practices that are not altruistic in nature. I am talking about practices that must yield maximum results or profit. This is to be blunt, of course.
Sometimes, there is a need for a bold leader. That is why I will discuss the issues in terms of how difficult it might be for a leader to lead a public school with a business mindset or the lack thereof. I will debate the need for a balanced approach.