I think it's fair to say that business leaders would find a way to make schools bleed less money but they wouldn't necessarily know how to educate better. Admittedly there are a lot of problems with schools in the U.S. but getting rid of teachers is not the solution. Perhaps a compromise is business leaders helping with the administration but staying out of the classroom.
Business leaders have experience managing people and providing "return on investment" so to speak. In the context of education, this means satisfying parents needs for their children. Teachers as they are now are good at that, but an infusion of the skills of business people could be valuable. additionally, in many ways the incentives of teachers are not always aligned with the best outcomes for their students. Teacher's unions are interested in what's best for teachers, but not necessarily their students (Eg no performance-based pay). Places like Charter schools that are run more like a traditional business help mitigate this.
The issues that plague our current educational system are largely due to the massive administration and rules by higher government. I believe that the teachers and principals could do their job far more effectively, if they were only accountable to the people in the area where their school is located. I believe that education should be a community-based issue, not a national issue.
Business leaders alone cannot transform the schools, because it is not a business, but a service to the people for their tax money. It should not be a profit-making organization, but it would help if some business expertise was introduced to prevent waste. It must be established that the priorities are happy children, teachers, parents, and good test scores.
Since the priority of public schools is to teach the children, not to profit off of them, I do not think that business leaders are better suited for turning around the public education system than the people that work in it and understand its internal operations as well as its biggest needs and pitfalls.
As of late, business leaders have been put in charge of helping the public education system. However, they have proved that they are incapable of changing the direction of the education department. Business leaders do not have the capability or the understanding of the education world that it is required in order to help our education problems today.
Business interests and public education do not necessarily have the same interests. In fact, they have diverging interests. Private-run education (not the same as private schools) is about making money in the short and long term, while public education is about giving its citizens an education to be better citizens in this country. When business interests run public education, they control the curriculum and it can lead to damaging results, such as skewed views designed to help them in the future.
Business people are better at planning and forecasting, but that is it. Principals and teachers have a much better handle on the needs of students. The educators can better know what issues need to be solved to get the education system back on the correct track. Business people may be too far removed from the basic issues involved in solving the root of the problem.
I think that a successful businessman knows how to run a business. If he were allowed to run an education system he or she would run it like a business not as an educational institution. At the end of the day he or she would want to make a profit and that is the end result. We can not afford to have that attitude at an educational institution.
As I say, politics and business leaders are the same. And as everyone knows, they make money, even if it means they have to lie. So I don't think this kind of person would be very helpful in teaching our children anything. Education is very important for our children, and being a teacher is a very difficult thing. So to teach someone, you need to learn how to do it, and learn it correctly, I think. It's not a business.
Businesses are, by nature, outcome-based endeavors, with a set goal of achievement, sales, and profit margins. Education, on the other hand, works largely in unquantifiable areas. While testing can gauge acquisition of knowledge facts, education also has the goal of teaching people how to think and how to discover new knowledge. Without the latter, education itself would be useless. A business model applied to schools would not be able to give this aspect of education its full potential.
This idea is completely ludicrous. Business leaders, regardless of how experienced, are not educators of the public. Not that business leaders are inherently corrupt, but in the end, their interests lie in the bottom line, and not educating our youth. We do not suggest that plumbers be astronauts, or actors be firefighters; and it's easy to understand why. The same argument can successfully be made in the situation of business leaders overhauling US education.