The key to a good school is a good principal. But how do we get more of them? Universities are offering MBA-like programs to teach management skills, reports HechingerEd.
To prepare leaders to take over failing schools, three Indiana universities are trying to combine business practices with education ideals, reports AP. Some don’t like the idea.
“Principals don’t need more business; if anything, we need more training with our at-risk students that are more mobile, [or how to] deal with families that don’t value education,” Steve Baker, principal at Bluffton High School and incoming president of the Indiana Association of School Principals, told the Associated Press. “Those types of things, MBAs aren’t going to help me with.”
Rice University in Texas offers a master’s of business administration program to prepare principals for Houston schools.
I wonder which is hardest to teach: management or educational leadership? I suspect the latter.