People think that an educational establishment is a fair and process bound environment to work in, when in fact it is a very political and at times hostile place. It is common knowledge that leaders bring in their own preferred teams as, at the end of the day, they need to have a team around them who they can depend upon at every juncture. So fair play – it is their head on the line!
However, as a spectator or professional outside of the inner circle, it can be very frustrating watching emotionally unintelligent people be elevated into roles that clearly have been made for them, yet will perform with ineptitude and, at best, put a plaster over the problem.
There is a drive for future leaders and surely they should be well rounded, with all aspects of life being taken into account. If we are to eradicate underachieving and disadvantage in inner-city schools should we not know the community and understand the whole need of each individual? The only way forward is a holistic approach to education, aspirations and social and community life.
As mad as it may seem sometimes it is better to brush nepotism aside and hire for the right reasons as in the long run you will not have to answer the question as to why you hired who you did and justify your decision.
Also morally should we not be doing the right thing for the most important people in the equation? Yes, the students!
This is a re-blog post originally posted by Diane Carey and published with kind permission.
The original post can be found here.