ERIC Number: EJ823456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
The Quest for Instantaneous Perfection and the Demand for "Push-Button" Administration
Batagiannis, Stella C.
Educational Forum, v73 n1 p33-43 Jan 2009
Educational leaders in the United States are faced with a society seeking instantaneous perfection, immediate and perfect solutions. In education, this leads to a demand for push-button administration and an abandonment of trust in educators' judgment. As exemplified by the No Child Left Behind Act (2002), the search for quick fixes results in simplistic, technocratic, and prescriptive solutions that deskill teachers and educational leaders. The antidote to instantaneous perfection and push-button administration is courageous leadership that keeps leaders focused on their educational vision.
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Accountability, Instructional Leadership, Educational Change, Federal Legislation, Administrator Role, Expectation, Administrative Principles, Administrator Characteristics, Trust (Psychology), Politics of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001