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Strong business is based on strong training

USA research explores the links that tie school, work culture and production.

Business culture is also created in school. Nor could it be otherwise, since business sense, awareness of sacrifice, seeking out what is new and also what is a risk, are the only ways for the young to learn properly. Stimulating school and training environments and satisfactory teachers do the rest. That this is then difficult to achieve is, clearly, another kettle of fish.

So, on the subject of school and business sense, Equity in American Education: the Intersection of Race, Class, and Education is an interesting read. The author, Pamela J. Meanes, is a partner at Thompson Coburn, LLP, President of the National Bar Association 2014–15, faculty at the University of Iowa, Clark Atlanta University, and Monmouth College.

Meanes uses an original and interesting approach to teaching and business sense. Indeed, the author explores the connections between the education offered by the USA’s school and social system, the race and class of the population, starting from crime reports and also observing schools for various age groups, from infancy onwards.

The reasoning starts with the idea that education creates new economic opportunities, then moves on to exploring education and school organization, concluding with the issue of economic resources available. Meanes’s idea – as mentioned above – was that the importance of education is manifested in the ability to provide opportunities for students also with regard to economic initiative. The level of education achieved, however, also depends on the availability of adequate financial resources. Alongside all this, Meanes focuses on the value of disciplines as an educational element in training systems, then addressing extreme cases of indiscipline in schools.

Pamela Meanes closes her work quoting Martin Luther King Jr – “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically (. . .). Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education” – and she adds “We all know that education is the key, and that knowledge is the root of power, economic or otherwise”.

It is no accident that good schools and good enterprise can have the same conceptual roots: work, knowledge, initiative. Pamela Meanes’s study represents a useful tool for understanding how teaching culture can be combined with business culture.

Equity in American Education: the Intersection of Race, Class, and Education

Pamela J. Meanes

University of Richmond Law Review, 2016