Copublished with Corwin Press. This resource for prospective and practicing school leaders presents a model for leadership development, selection, and succession, and describes the intellectual “tool kit” that leaders can develop.
Chapter 1: Challenge
It is symbolic that the first animal that scientists cloned was a sheep – the famous ‘Dolly’. Sheep are extremely obedient animals, easily controlled, compliant, and behave in quite predictable ways. A sharp bark from an assertive and single-minded sheep-dog directs the sheep in whatever predetermined direction the dog's owner dictates. The sheep-dog is the ultimate technocrat. It is single-minded, and uncompromising in responding to its master's bidding, methodical, intense, controlling and meticulous in the execution of its duties.
Sadly, the mind of the technocrat appears to drive the current standards/standardisation agenda that has infected educational jurisdictions world wide, and has propagated a type of leadership that is more interested in producing politically attractive test scores than enhancing students' learning. Technocrats choose the technical side ...