Educating School Leaders
Publication Type:Web Article
Year of Publication:2005
Most of the college-level programs that train public school principals award "the equivalent of Green Stamps," allowing them to trade in primarily useless credits for raises and promotions without giving them the practical training they need, says a new report from the Education Schools Project. The report was written by Arthur Levine, president of Columbia University's Teachers College, who says the graduate schools he studied range from "inadequate to appalling" and need a radical face lift. Levine recommends new graduate programs similar to the MBA that include both education courses and courses in effective change leadership, "a key to improving schools in a new era of accountability." Over the past 15 years, Levine says, most schools that train principals have begun offering quick, easy degrees, watering down curricula, easing degree requirements and lowering admissions standards. "Everybody benefits from the current system," he says, "except our children." This link leads to a webpage where you can read an executive summary or the full report.
Education Schools Project. (2005). Educating school leaders (March 2005). Retrieved from the Education Schools Project 16 Apr 2008. Link: http://www.edschools.org/reports_leaders.htm