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The Toughest Boss In Education?

Lghr0326Just because someone is dedicated to improving education doesn't mean he or she is a nice person, or a good boss.  There was a story in the Times last week (Congressman Pushes Staff Hard, or Out the Door) that had me wondering who the toughest bosses (or toughest workplaces) were in the education world.  For some reason I recall that Wendy Puriefoy of PEN had the reputation for being tough back in the 90s.  A lot of folks have come and gone from New Leaders, it has been noted.  Whether that's just "growing pains" or a toxic workplace I have no idea.  Ditto for TFA.  You would think that Ellen Guiney at the Boston Plan for Excellence, a flinty former Kennedy staffer, would be a tough boss.  But until recently I hadn't seen a job posting from BPE in years.  Clearly I'm striking out here.  Who's the toughest boss in education?


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I have heard from those that worked for him that Bob Hughes of New Visions is an especially toxic boss; and indeed, there is rapid turnover at that organization.

For all you guys that have been trying to fix education please stop! You have made this a terrible occupation!
1. State legislatures add more credit requirements in math and science, sounds good except schools are forced to spend less time each week actually teaching the subjects. Students are forced to have block scheduling 90 minute classes that meet five time every two weeks, what happens when a low performing child misses a day, it could actually be five days before his or her teacher seems them again.
2. The 4x4 does not allow for teachers to build relationships so inner city kids can actually learn to trust them!
3. Violence in the schools have increased because you intelligent guru's are forcing male coaches from the business by not providing athletic periods during the normal school day. Let me put to you this way, no men, no control!
4. Students are so preoccupied with core subjects, mandated testing, there is not any time to spend on creativity, team building, clubs, student government, vocational classes.
5. Not all students will attend college wether you like it or not! teach these kids some type of vocational skills
6. Find you a group of Texas High School football coaches let them implement education reform and they will improve education in America!

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