One of my principal complaints about current educational policy debates and the educational blogosphere as a whole has been the myopic focus by many on academic skills when so many people (students, parents, employers, and society at large) care at least as much about a long list of other things (e.g. sports, drama, arts, critical thinking, physical health, social skills, sleep, commute distance, peers, and on and on).
So this one tiny example caught my eye last week. This is from the textbook we’re using in the Organizational Theory class I’m teaching (it’s on the first page listed in this search):
A focus on customer service enabled Enterprise Rent-a-Car to overtake Hertz and become the biggest firm in its industry. Enterprise wooed its midmarket clientele by deliberately hiring “from the half of the class that makes the top half possible” — college graduates more successful in sports and socializing than in class. Enterprise wanted people skills more than “book smarts” (Pfeffer, 1998, p. 71)
I wasn’t surprised to read that a firm considered more than academic record when hiring employees, but I was surprised to read that a firm deliberately hired large numbers of recent grads with less-than-stellar academic records specifically because they were heavily involved in their college’s social scene.
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