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What will Mayor Bloomberg learn from the Katherine Black fiasco?
Private industry and public education have different purposes. The goal of private industry is to produce profit. Whether the means to it is making cigarettes or computers, the bottom line is the same. The product sought is not the quality of the cigarette or the computers, but the size of the profit. Thus there is a common experience involved, a common task: the production of profit, and that is largely transferable from one industry to another. But profit is not the goal of public education. Management experts agree clarity on goals is a key ingredient of good leadership. In education, there are for instance major disputes as to whether the goal is the transfer of knowledge as measured by testing, or the nurturing of a critical intelligence, to oversimplify a complex heavily debated issue. Ms. Black’s abilities in producing a bottom line profit in no matter how many different industries, all having a clear goal – profit -- does not help here. Efficiency is important in profit and public service enterprises alike but the measure of efficiency is entirely different in the two. And the nature of the goals influences the appropriate methods the enterprise uses in its work. Again, Ms. Black’s experience running a business does not suggest how an agency dedicated to public service should be run: the end influences the means.
Will Bloomberg learn from this experience?
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