When the NJDOE brought a proposal to the New Jersey State Board that would give school boards in some districts the ability to hire as superintendents individuals who do not hold administrators certification, I thought of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition.
The proposal would allow school boards in persistently underperforming districts to hire an individual with a bachelor’s degree, who is accomplished in a field outside education but who does not hold a state administrator certificate. He or she would undergo what is, in some respects, an alternate route to certification.
The latest proposal reflects a prevailing belief in education reform circles that we need to reach outside the current system to find more school leaders. It’s an extension of the American principle that “leadership is leadership” and that a great military, business, or sports leader will make a great political leader. (more…)