bicentennial celebrations, and discussion courses as students were confronted with problems, behaviors, and consequences of behaviors.
Entire school systems became involved in discussions concerning educational beliefs. Because of the talent of identifying ability in others, I have been privileged to participate in "think tank" brainstorming sessions and critiquing events normally reserved for the business or political scene.
John Prasch (personal communication, June 19, 1991), a past superintendent in Nebraska, said he had
a commitment to public education, bordering on missionary zeal, based on my conviction of the importance of preserving the concept of the common school as a unifying power in an ever more pluralistic society. (It is) the only vehicle which insures the economic and social mobility necessary in a democracy, along with the necessity to provide equal access to quality education for all children.
Outstanding administrators not only displayed a strong commitment to their personal and professional mission but also appreciated the opportunity to work with other professionals who displayed the same level of commitment.