Thursday, June 14, 2007

Principals as administrators and master educators

(I admit to not having paid enough attention in history classes; but) I believe that historically, educators became educational administrators based on their documented success as educators. There was very little administering to do;a few buckets of coal, some chalk, some slate,
and a paddle.

Today, educational administrator and master teacher are vastly different and unrelated skill sets.

Philosophically, the leadership of the APS is still in the last century. They still think they can assign an administrative master educator to a failing school and fix it.

There is no such thing as an administrative master educator. If there were, they would be well paid;
and there would be no failing schools.

The educational expertise is in classrooms.

There is no administrator; there is no group of administrators, who have better ideas than the 6,000 teachers we have in classrooms.

What idea has Beth Everitt thought of, that has not already been thought of by a teacher in a classroom somewhere in the APS?

The only thing that stopped the teacher from implementing it; was the lack of decision making power and the resources necessary to make it work.

If you get past the delusion that there are administrative master educators; then it becomes possible to focus on hiring educational administrators who can administer the public trust and treasure effectively and efficiently.

And then it becomes possible to deliver decision making power and resources to the place where they are needed; the educational interface, the classrooms.

Which is a good as it will ever get.

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