Teaching Ability Optional

The attitude behind this statement by the Governor of New Jersey speaks volumes about the state of education reform in the US.

“It’s important that New Jersey public schools recruit and hire the most experienced, talented managers possible,” Mr. Christie, a Republican, said in a statement. “In large, state-run districts, or in schools that have failed our children for generations, we especially need leaders who know how to manage thousands of employees in districts that spend hundreds of millions in tax dollars.”

So, at least in New Jersey, it’s more important that principals and superintendents working with low performing schools have talents in managing budgets, people, and buildings, rather than in understanding the teaching process and how children learn.

I wonder… are those later skills optional for all educators or just those who lead educators?