ERIC Number: ED400612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jul-21
Preparing Educational Leaders To Eradicate the 'Isms'.
Terry, Paul M.
Educational administration programs have an obligation to link theory with practical applications. However, the content of programs must also emphasize that aspiring administrators have a moral responsibility to eradicate the "isms"--classism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and ableism. This paper asserts that administrators must develop a sensitivity to and understanding of other ethnic cultures, be prepared to reduce discrimination against stigmatized cultural groups, and be able to develop problem-resolution strategies. The Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Educational Administration program designed and implemented a course to examine current problems in human relations and cultural awareness. The paper highlights the following questions: Should we have a specific course designed to address the "isms"?; How should we address the "isms" in preparing educational leaders? and Are we adequately preparing educational leaders to deal with the "isms"? (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Congress on Challenges to Education (Palm Beach, Aruba, July 10-12, 1996).