Here is a blog that says that a school with low test scores is like a failed restaurant.
We know what happens when a restaurant fails.
It closes. It goes bankrupt. The hungry customers go somewhere else.
He is an entrepreneur who is now in the business of reforming schools.
Here is his analysis:
Struggling schools are like failed restaurants. The kitchen staff are the educators. Maybe the chef is the chapter union leader. The restaurant owner/manger is the school administration. Customers are the kids. And Eli Broad or one of the education agencies he funds is Gordon Ramsey. He comes in with honest, straightforward observations, and tells you what’s going wrong. Sometimes it’s the chef that’s the problem and the management is too disengaged to fix it. Sometimes it’s the management, inhibiting the talent of a bunch of great cooks. In most cases, the restaurant is neglected – dirty and infested. Disgusting actually, especially if you look in the secret places, behind and underneath things, as LA Unified knows all too well.
Well, gosh, wouldn’t you be thrilled to have Eli Broad come to your school and tell you how to fix your problems? Wouldn’t you want to have a guy who made billions in the home-building and insurance industry tell you what’s wrong and what to do?
Or are you just a lousy chef working in a rat-infested building without the sense to do anything about it?