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ERIC Number: ED541915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb-11
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Cage-Busting Leadership and the "Culture of Can't". Education Outlook No. 2
Hess, Frederick M.
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
When it comes to reforming American education, today's would-be reformers only get it half right. On the one hand, they correctly argue that statutes, rules, regulations, and contracts make it difficult for schools and school system leaders to drive improvement and lead. On the other hand, they wrongly overlook the fact that school officials have far more freedom to transform, reimagine, and invigorate teaching, learning, and schooling than is widely believed. This "culture of can't" in K-12 education threatens to undermine the success of hard-won reforms, and makes policy impediments appear more burdensome than they truly are. Reformers must help district superintendents and principals combat the culture of can't by encouraging these leaders to better understand teacher contracts, hire reform-minded lawyers, and partner with the advocacy, business, and philanthropic communities. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research