"One's view of standardized testing depends largely on what one hopes schools will engender—critical thinking, or something more easily measured. Those who feel schools ought to resemble businesses tend to want the latter."
Its also important to note the double standard of accountability here: When big business like those in the auto industry, steel, McDonalds, Goldman Sachs, etc. hit rough patches they are helped out with tax payer dollars. They're bailed out if they fail, their products are subsidized when the competition gets too tough, they are granted tax breaks in the trillions of dollars in order to "innovate."
As an early childhood teacher in the CPS school I tend to think we should absolutely NOT run our schools on the business principles of profit and competition. But if we are, then I must ask, where's our bailout?
Actually, the Socialism conferences I've attended in the past have been the most dynamic, inspiring, and educational left-wing events I've ever attended. They've been mostly devoid of the ridiculous infighting and hair-splitting some of the Chicago activist scene seems hell-bent on perpetuating. I'm thankful to the ISO and all the other groups and publications that help to put this on every year. This year of economic turmoil and supposedly socialist presidencies should be particularly interesting!