Thoughts on School Management
Public officials and school administrators assume that changes they recommend will improve student learning. Teachers may be happy to make such changes. But as we’ve seen, teachers have quite different priorities. The teachers’ priorities are a response to the instability of the school’s mission, which results from diverse political agendas. Parents, community members, teachers, administrators, and others set their political agendas by comparing their own expectations of the school and its teachers to their perceptions of what the school does. This method of evaluation exacerbates the problem. The school’s vision changes every time the political power structure changes. Because each change in the political power structure puts teachers at risk, they seek the relative safety of promoting their own visions of the school.
KeywordsTotal Quality Management School Management School Improvement Effective School Profound Knowledge
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