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An Indisputable Reality in Education

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.

Ben Wood Johnson, Ph.D.

Ben Wood Johnson, Ph.D.

President/CEO at BWEC, LLC.
Dr. Johnson is an author, educator, and philosopher. He is a multidisciplinary scholar. He writes about Philosophy, Legal Theory, Public/Foreign Policy, Education, Politics, Ethics, Race, and Crime. Dr. Johnson graduated from Penn State and Villanova University. He is fluent in French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian. Dr. Johnson enjoys reading, poetry, painting, and music.
Ben Wood Johnson, Ph.D.

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