The former director of the American Association of School Administrators outlines a coherent countervision for turning schools back into places that nurture children.

Lead is Not a Four-Letter Word

Lead is not a four-letter word

A leader is a dealer in hope.

—Napoleon Bonaparte

To make the transformation required to create schools worthy of our children will require a new kind of leadership. Historically, school leaders rose up through the ranks of teaching and then various levels of administration. This allowed them to be steeped in the work of schools and what has been, but it also was a tie to the past that could blind them to the possibilities of what might be. Of late, we have seen a different kind of leader emerge. These are people who have not spent time in schools aside from attending them, but they have been leaders in other realms—business, military, and the like. ...

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