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ERIC Number: ED375487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 20
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Imagination and Character in Educational Administration.
Sydor, Susan
From the notion that people construct their realities, it follows that people are writers of the texts that they experience and call life, although in some scenes people may have greater or lesser authorship. In schools and educational systems, administrators have the power to write other persons' narratives. In creating educational texts, the administrator needs a nurturing bent of the imagination and a habit of value and care. This paper illustrates this concept through a case study of a reform program at a penitentiary in Ontario, and applies it to leadership in educational administration. The Exceptional People's Olympiad (EPO) is a prisoner-organized, annual 2-day athletic competition in which up to 150 developmentally handicapped people who live in institutions for the developmentally handicapped come from centers around Ontario and New York State to participate in a wide variety of games, races, and fun events, most of which take place inside the walls of the prison. Inmates take responsibility for its success, organize the event, and act as "godbrothers" to the athletes. The program changes prison organization through the relaxation of routine, produces legitimate empowerment of the inmates, and facilitates more open interaction. The EPO illustrates the administration's imagination in using its power to nourish rather than to control. It is argued that similar transformations must take place in educational institutions and other penal institutions. The main aim of educational institutions should be moral, prescribing a curriculum of care for the self, others, and the environment. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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