What would it look like if Netflix ran a school?

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  1. Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    This is great. I’m pretty sure I watched a commercial very similar to this.

    It all comes down to a great environment. We need to foster a much more caring, learning-guided and driven environment.

  2. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    OK, but let’s not forget, Netflix is a corporation, and, like all corporations, has the goal of creating Capital, and that in this setting, resolving differences in judgment, and accounting for equally competent individuals who differ considerably in style require evaluating how the working team’s efforts contribute to the goal of raising Capital, which can be measured in currency or market valuation. The very meaning of success in education is not at all clear and there are so many ways in which different teachers attain whatever success is. Happiness, fulfillment, and learning about one’s values, needs, and talents cannot be a central aim of Netflix or any other corporation because even these outcomes must be subordinate to increasing the value of the company or its earnings. But happiness &c are part of what schools aim at.

    As much as I think Sam’s onto something by pointing to the Netflix slide show, I think it’s important to be able to say something back to people who say, “Look, the corporate world gets results, why don’t we run schools more like corporations?”

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