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School administrators--Attitudes; Teacher-administrator relationships; Student-administrator relationships;


An excellent leader understands that the life jacket of education for many of our students is often not given to students while they are out in the canoe of life. Many times schools have stood at the shore with the life saving apparatus, urging students to come to shore to access it. Yet all the while, children are sinking and drowning because no one has considered what would happen if educators dared to go out in the water and bring them in.

L.A. Butler (1997), a school principal in a poor minority school that transformed her school from a low performing school to a high performing school wrote, "There is nothing that will improve a student's self-esteem better than academic success. Engineering such success .. .is a good teacher's obligation" (p. 30). We must equip our students with high self-esteem, which will allow them to rise above the circumstances they are born in. We must leave the shore and give students the life jacket of education.

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Master of Arts in Education


Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

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Robert H. Decker


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