ERIC Number: ED169676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
The Difference Between Thorns and Threats in Elementary School Administration. Studies in Curriculum Development No. 1, 1979.
Carey, Maggie D.; Snyder, Fred A.
In the fall of 1977, students enrolled in an elementary school administration and supervision class at Indiana State University attempted to separate the "threats" from the "thorns" in elementary school administration. "Thorns" were defined as everlasting or recurrent problems, and "threats" were defined as relatively new problems perceived as potentially disruptive to the administrative process and operation of the school. The heart of this publication presents transcripts of conference telephone conversations among members of the class and five outstanding elementary principals from across the nation. Fifteen problems classified as "threats" were discussed, including accountability, certain court rulings, certain curriculum issues, declining enrollment, fuel shortage, and inadequate funding. Fifteen problems classified as "thorns" were discussed, including attendance policies, difficulty obtaining good teachers, discipline, faculty and staff evaluation, and grading and promotion. The conversations revealed that the outstanding principals contacted were all rather tolerant of the problems perceived as "thorns" but did not all perceive the "threats" as equally important. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Attendance, Court Litigation, Curriculum Problems, Declining Enrollment, Discipline Policy, Educational Problems, Elementary Education, Financial Problems, Fuel Consumption, Grading, Interviews, Principals, School Administration, School Supervision, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Recruitment
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute. School of Education.
Note: Not available in paper copy due to small print of original document