ERIC Number: EJ787284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
The Gift Package of Retirement
Draayer, Donald R.
School Administrator, v64 n11 p24-25 Dec 2007
The hunger for significance in life never ends. What changes in one's retirement is how one fills that need. For most school administrators, introspection and investigation into possibilities for post-retirement years begin prior to one's resignation; however, the intensity of thought, feeling, and deliberation moves to a much higher plane once life after the superintendency becomes reality. In this article, the author describes how school leaders who express the most happiness in retirement see today and tomorrow--like a gift package to be unwrapped and enjoyed. They don't deny or forget the past, but they do make the present and future their primary focus. They reject the old rocking chair model (complete withdrawal from communal society). Most superintendents and other school administrators in their retirement become engaged--to varying degrees and for different lengths of time--with four pursuits: (1) personal interests; (2) part- or full-time assignments within education; (3) private-sector work opportunities; and/or (4) public service. Retirees who are most positive acknowledge the predictable stages of retirement, accept change and show grace through life's many transitions.
Descriptors: Retirement, Administrators, Public Education, Interests, Public Service, Private Sector, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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