5 common myths about school administration


4. …because all they care about is the bottom line.

“I’ve heard some people in the community get heated about how we’re too concerned with meeting AYP [Annual Yearly Progress], budget concerns, and standardized testing. We’re not all Ebenezer Scrooge, looking to pinch pennies and make children miserable. We’re just trying to work with what we got.” – A.H., Texas

“One of the biggest challenges to administration is knowing when to take a leap and when not to. There’s tremendous pressure today to go with any new type of school reform idea because it just may be the saving grace. Many times it’s becoming hard to know when to say ‘no.’ Old ways aren’t always evil, and sometimes, whether we like it or not, we need to focus on those test scores.” – Anonymous

“iPads for all students in K-12? Sure. I’m for it. Give me an implementation plan to go with them and some good ideas for classroom use and I’m set. Do we have the money? No. But we’re working on it. It’s not an excuse, and it’s not laziness. It’s life.” – Dan C.


5. All administrators are ladder climbers

“One myth is that we’re all like politicians, especially us superintendents. If being a politician means getting real work done while also dealing with mass public scrutiny, then sure. I’m a politician, I guess.” – James M.

“Being devoted to a career path sometimes means that you hope to go further into it. That’s not ladder climbing, and I’ve never ‘stepped on the little people’ to get there, either. No administrative peer I’ve come across ever sees themselves as ‘mightier’ in some fashion.” – Crystal H., Minn.

“We don’t have that much power. We make decisions-sometimes big ones-but power comes from the nation. Power comes from the community; and from being a team. There’s a difference between being a leader and being a dictator. If there’s a principal or superintendent out there that’s just there to make a name for him/herself it’s easy to spot, and they usually don’t last long.” – Matt, Calif.

Meris Stansbury

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