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


The purpose of this paper· is to articulate the fundamental values and beliefs which will guide me as I prepare to enter the field of administration. I would like to begin with a general statement on why I am a professional educator, a mission statement if you will. The paper will then examine specific behaviors which I hope to exhibit during my practice as an administrator. Before analyzing my personal motives for entering school administration, I must first ask myself what exactly is the role of education in our society. It seems those of us in the adult world have our own agendas for education. Faculty and staff see school as a good source of employment or as a place to advance career goals. People on Main Street or the industrial sector want schools to be an engine for economic development. Patrons often see athletic teams and other visible activities as sources of community spirit. Quite often, citizens view schools as a gigantic leach, siphoning off their hard earned dollars through ever rising taxes. Pragmatic politicians take both the successes and failures of schools and turn them into vote garnering opportunities.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Robert H. Decker


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