ERIC Number: EJ852554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Reference Count: 5
A Superintendent's Reaction
Lytle, James H.
Journal of School Leadership, v14 n5 p573-577 Sep 2004
This article presents a superintendent's reaction to Catherine Marshall and Michael Ward's article on research on social justice and training for leadership. The author states that there is a problem with Marshall and Ward's article which begins with the title, particularly with the word "training." The author contends that there is a significant question as to whether adults can be "trained" to be more supportive of, and more concerned about, social justice issues. How is it that one becomes concerned enough about the needs of others to act on that concern? In a country where income disparity is increasing and where the 1954 "Brown v. Board of Education" decision seems in many respects to have been undermined, the questions posed by the notion of social justice are so large that one wonders whether any sort of graduate training program or policy adoption can have effect. The author also stresses that, given a relatively simple problem like overclassification of poor and minority students and boys in special education classes, educators have been incapable at the national, state, and local policy levels to address the problem. The author discusses a complex version of the challenges confronting educators with social justice concerns.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Graduate Study, Minority Groups, Superintendents, Administrator Attitudes, Professional Education, Administrator Education, Ethics, Social Bias, Special Needs Students, Educational Policy, Leadership Training
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