So Steve Jobs thinks the same iron fist mentality he has over Apple would work on education?
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs lambasted teacher unions Friday, claiming no amount of technology in the classroom would improve public schools until principals could fire bad teachers.
Jobs compared schools to businesses with principals serving as CEOs.
“What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn’t get rid of people that they thought weren’t any good?” he asked to loud applause during an education reform conference.
Uh huh. What kind of person could you get to work for a small business if you told them that they could only work for 6 hours a day, and then work on their product would be turned over to folks who don’t have the same training and who are maybe working two other jobs. Maybe they’re even turning their product over to someone who doesn’t speak the same language as the employee, yet the employee is responsible for making sure that the lines of communication are open. The next morning, they get the product back and they’re expected to pick up right where they left off as if those hours away in someone else’s hands made no difference. How long would it take before they started phoning it in and giving it half effort? After all, what’s the point if there’s little chance of having anything positive to show for it?
Jobs gave up some control to Motorola and we got the iTunes phone. Ha! Now he learned his lesson and we have the iPhone, so closed-off it’s amazing that he didn’t start his own carrier and shut Cingular/at&t out completely.
Education isn’t only about the teachers and schools. It isn’t only about the technology and the curriculum. It’s the parents. It’s the kids. It’s the community. All the pieces have to work together. Yes, there are some tenured teachers who should have retired years ago. But I don’t think they started out thinking, “how am I going to ruin some kids today?” They’re human, they’re frustrated, they’re disillusioned and I don’t think paying teachers six-figure salaries is going to make a difference if all aspects of the childrens’ life aren’t working in partnership putting education first.
You can’t run education like a business. For starters, there is no single person in control…a concept that is foreign to Steve Jobs.