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(The Atlantic)   The most misunderstood person in all of education is none other than the principal, who is either caught sayof or making decisions the public doesn't understand   ( theatlantic.com) divider line
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2013-11-09 07:50:41 PM  
3 votes:
I thought the pricipal was the one caught sayof.
2013-11-09 08:42:20 PM  
2 votes:
The principal is to blame for everything.  The low test scores, class after class of ugly, ugly children . . .
2013-11-09 10:15:53 PM  
1 vote:

DigitalCoffee: Wodan11:  Administration =/= Teaching.  Two entirely different careers and skill sets.

Not really. Both basically have to deal with the tantrums of petulant children.

As a retail manager, that description errily reminds me of my customers.
2013-11-09 08:10:36 PM  
1 vote:
My high school principal was a major league baseball player for a couple years, or at least that was what he claimed. For the Cleveland Indians if I remember right. He also claimed to have a college degree, and that was certainly a lie. At the time that he was fired the school was about 30% below the state average on everything, test scores, teacher salary, graduation rates, you name it. From what I hear that hasn't changed in the last 13 years. When I first saw that Simpsons episode where they go on a field trip to the box factory, just like every year, I thought they were lucky; our equivalent was a sewage treatment plant. I went to that place three farking times.

Our vice principal was much better than our principal; he actually had a degree, even. He also left his wife and kids for the captain of the girls' basketball team, but one can't have everything.
2013-11-09 08:08:37 PM  
1 vote:
Didn't have a vice principal until junior high.. in grade school, the principal's office was always a scary place.. if you were there, you were in trouble. In junior high and HS, the VP always dealt with discipline, the principal always dealt with the school board and the parents, and they split teacher issues down the middle.  My VP always knew or suspected what trouble I had been up to, and my principal always knew what my grades and standardized test scores were. They were an eerily effective team, those two.
2013-11-09 07:37:40 PM  
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whistleridge: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: He's your pal, which is a handy mnemonic for remembering how to spell the warden's title.

Interesting that you say HE.

Teachers are overwhelmingly female in the US, but only 50% of principals are female, and as little as 20 years ago, principals were 75%+ male. 

We definitely seem to have a latent cultural assumption in the country of female teachers and male principals. I wonder why that is?

Because it makes better porn that way?
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