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ERIC Number: ED233456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Principals, Whither Will You Lead Us?
McLaughlin, Terence
In addition to acting as good day-to-day administrators, principals of Catholic high schools should be leaders in the area of ideals, expressing and putting into action perceptions that remain below the level of consciousness of others. They may choose that their schools emphasize more important values, perhaps at the expense of traditional school activities. In order to challenge students and faculty to deeper insight, they should speak out on societal conflicts and place capable students and faculty in responsible roles, creating outlets for their potential through service and meaningful new rituals. Principals should reevaluate overglorified activities such as athletics and publish statements on the role of athletics in their schools. They should organize preventive programs, promoting, for example, an awareness of the risks of alcoholism by encouraging public discussion. In addition to addressing the problems of poverty, nuclear arms, abortion, and war, principals should support the multicultual needs of society and act as a ballast in the technological revolution. They should perceive the dwindling clientele of Catholic high schools and lobby for tuition tax credits to increase Hispanic and Black enrollment. Through their questioning, principals can help form a general conscience. (MJL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Catholic Education Association (80th, Washington, DC, April 4-7, 1983).