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ERIC Number: ED261471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Are There Giants among Our Educational Mountains?
Thomas, M. Donald
This paper begins by examining the changes that have occurred in school superintendency during the last 30 years, making it more collaborative and less conducive to the emergence of strong and dynamic "giants" such as Ben Willis and Harold Spears. These changes derive from changes in the general society, including a loss of confidence in government at all levels, increased activism on school boards, increased parental influence, increased power of teachers, decline in test scores leading to a loss in prestige of educational leaders, and declining enrollment. Following this discussion, 12 superintendents from large school districts, 9 from medium-sized districts, and 2 from county systems are named and briefly described as role models for the modern superintendency. They differ widely from one another, but all have high energy levels, strong intellects, and a deep commitment to education. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A