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  • Hannah Kim

    Though I am not very knowledgeable about this topic, the main thing that I am thinking about right now is how people are so caught up with the fact that she is a politician.

    This makes me think of how limited our career choices are within societal structures- we often are cut off from entire fields because it is not our 'expertise.'
    Attitudes and life perspectives seem to me harder to learn/grasp than skills- if Napolitano has learned leadership, confidence, passion for education and the ability to take the initiative (to name a few relevant things), it's not AS relevant that she was originally in a different field. Though leading within the field of education requires knowledge/interest in education, strong leadership skills (among other intangible things) are just as if not more important.
    What are your thoughts?

  • Sean Conners

    It's hard to tell. Although it seems random at first, in some ways it's reassuring to see such a prominent political figure take on the role of president of a prominent public institution. As UC's public funding has been on the decline, the entire system has been pushed to move towards a more private model of funding. A major concern has been the increasing privatization of such a well known public school system. My hope is that having such a strong, independent political figure as president of UC will help increase the public's awareness of education as a top priority.