This chapter presents statements of educational philosophy made by participants in Project Success. The statements are representative of the beliefs, values, and positions successful administrators espouse. As you read through the comments, you will note that many different topics are addressed and that no single set of ideas emerges. The world of education is broad enough to accommodate divergent views, and perhaps only extreme views would be unacceptable. For example, educators might find the statement "I believe that boys should not be taught to sew" a little odd but not repugnant. Statements about more compelling issues, however, can divide faculties, educators from their critics, and members of one camp from another. You may find few new or startling ideas in this chapter, but you may be struck by the clarity of thought, the intensity of belief, and the firmness with which administrators hold onto their beliefs, values, and principles.
The administrators who responded to Project Success were not asked, directly or indirectly, to express their philosophical values, views, and beliefs. They were asked to write what they believed contributed to their success as school administrators. In a follow-up letter, administrators were asked to expand upon their statements, and many did so.
How, then, were their values, views, and beliefs categorized? First, their responses were placed, alphabetically, into six notebooks. Second, each response was read and statements of belief were identified. Statements were screened with a definite principle in mind: "I believe . . ." and similarly worded statements were considered to be statements of educational philosophy. Thus, emphasis was placed upon assertions of one's personal beliefs. Third, quotations of beliefs were transcribed onto a disk file and coded with an index entry. Finally, the index entries were categorized under several broad headings and incorporated into the text of this chapter. Consequently, you may or may not agree with the placement of some