The Myth of So-Called ‘Factory Education’

Classrooms were not designed by businesses, but by academics — which may be worse

Bernie Bleske
Mar 8, 2019 · 8 min read
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is commonly argued that schools are modeled on factories. Google “school” and “industrial” and you’ll get 42 million hits supporting this view. Nearly every significant education critic, from Sir Ken Robinson to former education secretary Arne Duncan