Profits vs. Care
[It's] increasingly difficult for nursing homes to make money. The less scrupulous for-profit nursing homes boost earnings by curtailing staff and services.
“Every dollar you spend on care is one less dollar available for profit,” [Austin lawyer David] Bragg says. “My friends in the nursing home industry tell me that if you’re a very good businessman, you can provide good care and you can make a small profit. But if you provide lousy care, you can make a lot of money.”
The connection to education is obvious: the job of a corporation is, first and foremost, to make a profit. A distant second could be service to customers, caring for the environment, or improving society, but first is always profit. If that means providing less service, so be it. While less service in the airlines or in consumer electronics is merely annoying, in an industry like education or nursing homes, caring cannot come second.
If it does, as the Observer points out in its article entitled "A Death in McAllen," the result can be truly tragic. Profit has its place, but not in schools or nursing homes.