While Jobs was discussing bad teachers, one theme that came up a lot in the blog entries centered around the quality of school administrators.
Those conversations, mixed with observations from last week’s overly-large meeting of all the principals in our district, have been swirling around in my head for the past few days.
The whole morning of their session was dedicated to helping them be better instructional leaders, specifically understanding the K-12 math curriculum, and many of us from central office were there to help keep things on topic (and solve a few tech problems).
Actually, it wasn’t hard to maintain focus since I got the sense that most of them would love to be spending more time on instruction and less on the administrative processes that occupy much of their time.
In the early days of public education in this country, the head of a school was known as the principal teacher. The principal actually taught students as well as running the place.
However, these days most principals in our system (and I suspect others) not only don’t teach but are more like building and personnel managers than educators.
Maybe we could improve schools by getting the people leading the places more involved in teaching and learning and less in shuffling paper.
Just a random thought.