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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

Business Coalitions


What business leaders wanted were standards “that spell out what students should learn in school and how well they should learn it”; tests that ensure that students’ schools stick to the material spelled out in the standards; and consequences for those that don’t – standards, assessment and accountability. This is the rationale behind high stakes standardised testing.

To achieve their goal of promoting standardised testing in schools business leaders have formed extensive coalitions aswell as establishing, sponsoring and funding a network of advocacy groups, many of which are corporate front groups portraying themselves as independent, public interest groups.

Business Roundtable State Campaigns No Child Left Behind Advocacy Groups Stand for Children Sponsors/Funders


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