How can anyone be expected to manage a situation that they do not really understand?
And how can anyone really understand a situation unless they are actually in that situation?
It is for this reason that I believe ALL school administrators should be required to teach at least one class in K-12 schools.
Yep, the Principal needs to teach a class.
The Vice Principals need to teach a class.
The Superintendent and their cabinet of decision-makers need to teach a class.
The School Board personnel need to teach a class.
If they can, that is.
And by "if they can" I don't mean "if they can carve out the time in their schedule to do so." School meets with clockwork regularity. (Most start by 8:15 a.m. I am not even sure if half the people on the aforementioned list are actually working by this hour.) By 9:30 or so they'll be done and the insight they'll gain from actually being in a room with real kids -- ones they are responsible for "academically elevating" -- will trump any study they could ever hope to not read. (Come on, we all know they have people summarize this stuff for them in mono-syllabic terms.)
BTW, I am not even sure if all of these people I mention even hold a teaching credential. Hmm, what does it say about people who sit in positions of policy making power when they do not even have the certification to legally give them the right to do the job over which they lord.
Come on, slum with the plebeians. Let' em all teach 1 period. Why not?
Are they too busy?
Are they unable to perform?
Are they scared?
And just because they "used to do it" 17 years ago doesn't mean they can do it now. It's an iPod, google, hit me on the cellie with a txt message world and these folks think that just because they stood at a chalkboard when Ronald Reagan was president they can still strap it up and deliver real results?
Make 'em do what they mandate us to do and watch what they mandate morph.
Cuz ya know that when you have to eat the food that you are cooking, the meal always becomes more palatable.