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Backyard Advocacy How Local Business Partners Can Help By Brett Pawlowski hen people think about business-education partnerships, advocacy is not as top-of-mind as more common models like mentoring or workbased learning. But did you know that if it weren't for business advocates, the public education system might not have started when it did? Horace Mann is widely credited as the founder of the Common School Movement, launching the public school system 34 Techniques March 2014 in Massachusetts. But to get the idea approved by the legislature, he approached wealthy business people and asked them to lobby on his behalf, telling them that they'd make more money if their workers were better trained. He stated: "My object is to show that education has a market value; that it is so far an article of merchandise, that it may be turned to a pecuniary account: it may be minted, and will yield a larger amount of statutable coin than common bullion. It has a pecuniary value, a price current. Intellectual and moral education are powers not only insuring superior respectability and happiness, but yielding returns of silver and gold. This is my idea." Since then, business leaders have played an influential role as advocates for public education, securing political and public backing, as well as resources, to support the work being done by educators and students. This is particularly

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACTE Techniques March 2014

Leading Edge
Classroom Connection
Leadership Matters
Capitol View
Q and A
Advocacy: A Dedicated Task
Actions Inspired by Words
Advocacy Saves the Day
Advocacy: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Backyard Advocacy: How Local Business Partners Can Help
Top Five Local Advocacy Tips for Success
Solving the STEM Education Puzzle One Piece at a Time
Research Report
Indside ACTE
Career Curve

ACTE Techniques March 2014