Read this: Idol worship in education

Do take time to consider this compelling analysis from Randy Shaw at the San Francisco Chronicle:

BeyondChron: San Francisco’s Alternative Online Daily News » Fetishizing School Chiefs Hurts Kids.

The truth is that neither Black, nor any other school chief, can overcome inadequate school funding by running schools like corporate turnaround specialists, and fetishizing their importance distracts from schools real needs. Education has to be the only field where rising to the top requires no experience. Careers spent in the profit-driven corporate world are not only not disqualifying, but are now identified as the best backgrounds for public school leadership.

Question: What DOES it take to be a successful school leader? (Hint: Visit Learning First / Public School Insights to see some examples of real educational leaders–administrators, parents, teachers, and students) who have truly turned their schools around.

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