Friday, January 09, 2015

Glimmer of Hope from Spearman's Interview

It's no secret that SC Superintendent-elect Molly Spearman was not my choice to head the Education Department. Being director of the state Association of School Administrators suggests too cozy a relationship with the edublob.

However, Spearman's recent remarks about the importance of principals show an unexpected perspicacity. She pointed out that "in order to keep great teachers in schools, you first have to have a great principal." Amen to that! Anyone who's ever taught in a classroom will strongly second that notion.

Ah, but as usual, the devil is in the details: what makes a great principal? It's not advanced degrees or bureaucratic bootlicking.

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