Post-Secondary

How 21st Century School Leaders Can Tell If They Are Infected with “Metric Fixation”

“Metric fixation is the seemingly irresistible pressure to measure performance, to publicize it, and to reward it, often in the face of evidence that this just doesn’t work very well.” Jerry Muller, The Tyranny of Metrics SUBTITLE:  HOW YOU CAN TELL IF YOU ARE INFECTED WITH METRIC FIXATION Metric fixation is the incessant and unending…

Educational Leadership, Business Management and Becoming Witch Doctors

Wooldridge (2011) describes four charges against the discipline of management that also have some truth to them when thinking about the discipline of educational leadership.  First of all, like management, the discipline of educational leadership is currently often incapable of “self-criticism.” In its embrace of practicality and praxis, there is little room left to genuinely…

What Do Education Leaders Really Learn from Business Leadership and Management Gurus?

“…Management theory is an immature discipline, unusually open to charlatans, or semi-charlatans, and congenitally prone to fads.” Adrian Wooldridge, Masters of Management Wooldridge (2011) writes that “management theory is an immature discipline” (p. xviii). This is true also of educational leadership or educational administration as a discipline. It too, is still an “immature discipline” as…

Arming Educators: A Bad, Smelly Idea That Won’t Go Away

NOTE: I originally published this post when the calls to arm educators began after Sandy Hook. It seems with every school shooting, the knee-jerk response by politicians is to once again turn to arming educators. North Carolina Republican lawmaker Larry Pittman once again renewed his“educator-call-to-arms.” (See “NC Republican Wants to Arm Teachers in Response to…