Administer One Migraine with that Methodology
When covering the Roxbury school board for the News a few years ago, I was astounded by the complexity and challenges of school administration these days, from the legion of regulations, the monstrous spools of red tape and the delicate balancing act between students, teachers, staff and leadership. Many’s the night I went home at 10 p.m. with my head spinning, wrestling to get it down right while I still remembered the explanations patiently tendered by administrators and board members.
Back in the day, however, there were hardly any “rules” and the super’s challenges were different but perhaps just as great. Legendary educational leader Lincoln R. Long here weighs in on cows, “creative” mathematics methods, and the fine art of hiring teachers. While handling contracts, tenure and civil service law these days is tough, in Long’s day, administrators and teachers alike faced a veritable free-for-all come hiring time: