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ERIC Number: EJ844038
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
This School Is about Kids
Rooney, Joanne
Educational Leadership, v66 n8 p87-88 May 2009
Principals talk about children in their schools, noting that their essence cannot be condensed into efficiently scored, disaggregated data. Data tools are useful. But even a dramatic increase in test scores headlined in the newspaper must not become the end product of principals' educational endeavors. What's going on in the hearts and minds of students must always make the headlines of teachers' attention. The narrative prevalent in today's schools focuses on data that show which students are ahead or behind according to narrowly defined criteria. Yet no principal speculates on which students they "are" to leave behind! Thus, they need to create and articulate a counter narrative to the one that is always tracking who is ahead--and, therefore, who is behind. They need a narrative about the whole child, a belief that maintains that the physical, creative, and emotional dimensions of learning are essential. Principals, called to their own social responsibility, must do the suggestions presented in this article. School leaders must articulate the conviction that, above all, the work they do is always about children, not data. This is "their" social responsibility.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001