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For Education Leadership Positions: No Experience Necessary

Center for Teaching Quality

"I'm an elementary school teacher who has served in the Army National Guard for twelve years. My job in the Army is coordinating and playing music at inauguration and high level military ceremonies. I've progressed in rank and responsibility over the years. My leadership stops at that point, though. I will never be running a team of Army Rangers or Navy SEALS. I have no experience fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. So why does education do the equivalent?"
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  • Liz Dwyer

    Great post.Arne Duncan doesn't need an education degree, but the Surgeon General had better have an MD. It often seems that when it comes to policy, too much experience as a classroom teacher is seen as a negative, which is ridiculous. (And, too often, many of those policy makers are men and the teachers are women.)