Just when you think that it can’t get worse, Elizabeth Moffly proposes that we deconsolidate the school districts and add yet another layer of superfluous activity to the school system. This will only exacerbate what is already an unwieldy bureaucracy here in Charleston.
She is quite right when she says that the administration is bloated by too many social engineering programs. All this concentration on management is diverting attention away from the primary task, which is educating students.
Teachers go about doing their best to educate children, while the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker run the enterprise into the ground.
Instead of consolidating all of these independent fiefdoms in order to reduce the level of duplication, she proposes that we increase the madness and restore autonomy to the local districts.
Low morale within the teaching ranks has nothing to do with centralized administration, and more to do with the level of intimidation that teachers have to put up with as a consequence of the manner in which schools are administered.
It is high time to change the narrative that indicted the entire teaching profession on account of a few “bad apples” and change the emphasis from an authority-driven administration to one of total support for teachers.
The bottom line is that the only people who count in the process of education are teachers and their students. Everybody else is superfluous.