Philosophy and the American School: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education

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CHAPTER FIFTEEN
The School Administrator's Philosophy

PHILOSOPHY AND THE ADMINISTRATOR

G. B. Shaw's famous maxim, "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach," usually tempts some wag to complete it with: "Those who can't teach become administrators!"1

In the "pecking order" of social psychology, it is thought that those lower on the social ladder receive most of the abuse; the reverse seems to be the case in education. Usually it is the administrator who is the target for most of the slings and arrows of criticism. Certainly as far as teachers are concerned, he is the source of all the trouble.2 And of course he gets a good deal of argument from parents, from his board of education, and from the local self-appointed watchdogs of school affairs who write Letters to the Editor.

He is, one might say, the "storm center" for all educational concerns in the community, the "eye" of the hurricanes which can originate in almost

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1
There is an "inside joke" variant of this in schools of education, to wit: "Those who can't teach teach others how to teach."
2
Prompting the remark: "It's not the school; it's the principal of the thing!"

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