Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

THE EDITOR'S PAGE: Continuing a Tradition of Tradition

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

THE EDITOR'S PAGE: Continuing a Tradition of Tradition

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THIS MONTH, Phi Delta Kappa International is proud to announce the appointment of a new editor and managing editor of the Kappan, effective later this spring. Bruce Smith, who will be the new editor of our journal, and Rise Koben, who will assume the role of managing editor, bring editorial skills and Kappan experience to their new assignments. Their appointments will ensure the continued excellence of the Kappan as a forum for competing educational ideas as our association moves toward its centennial year.

In announcing these leadership changes in our flagship publication, it is essential that we recognize the superior service of the retiring editor -- Pauline Gough -- who has been associated with the Kappan since 1980 and has been its editor since 1987. Pauline, who announced her retirement plans in June 2002, effective June 2003, has been on medical leave since September as a result of a brain tumor. She is sustained in this uncertain time in her life by her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren; by a diverse and ever-expanding circle of friends; and by her own amazing and positive spirit.

During the recent holiday season, Pauline joined her staff colleagues for lunch. It was my privilege to drive her back to Indianapolis, where she is staying with a daughter. She remarked as we drove, "George, I have really had only two jobs in my life: teaching and my Kappan staff work, and I have loved them both." With that, Pauline offered a simple, powerful, and eloquent affirmation of her professional life.

Throughout Pauline Gough's tenure as Kappan editor, Bruce Smith has served alongside her. At the moment, he holds the title of managing editor. In his letter of application for the editorship, Bruce quantified his 22 years of staff experience quite simply: "That's 220 issues of the Kappan under my belt. …

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