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Business-Managed Democracy

“Business-managed democracies are those in which the political and cultural arrangements are managed in the interests of business”

Sharon Beder

Business-Managed Education

Attitudes to Standardised Testing

Surveys showed that whilst the public was in favour of the idea of rigorous academic standards and testing to help schools and parents evaluate student performance and parents to evaluate schools, they had many reservations about testing (see table below) and preferred grading and evaluation by teachers to decide if children should go ahead a grade or graduate.

Survey of Attitudes to Testing


Parents Public
Tests are a bad idea because: Agree Agree
Some students perform poorly even though they know the material 86% 80%
They can’t measure many important skills 71% 71%
Teachers begin teaching to the test and drop other important ideas and curriculum 64% 65%
Teachers and students spend too much time preparing for tests 53% 44%
They cause educators to cheat to raise scores 53% 40%
They put too much pressure on elementary school children 50% 45%
They are demoralizing to children and encourage dropping out 44% 37%
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