The Future of Educational Administrators

What do educational administrators do? And what will happen to them?

Unlike teachers — who may provide value by educating and/or babysitting children — administrators do not provide any direct value. At best they help teachers be better, but I am unaware of evidence this is happening.

Unlike executives of private companies, administrators cannot be fired for not making revenue or profit targets. And the problems with Value Added Testing apply all-the-more to administrators: it is very hard to see what, if anything, administrators do, or how they are held responsible for doing it. Administrators don’t even appear to be politically relevant.

In spite of their superfluous role, administrators matter in all three dimension of force of education reform. They divert money for themselves, they exercise power, and they provide childcare services. Given the capped salaries of educational administrators, but definite power of petty tyranny over teachers, administrator teachers are probably more power-hungry than average members of society.

There are three possible future for educational administrators

1. Teaching becomes a profession, and educational administrators become professional managers, with a focus on improving employee quality and career growth. This is unlikely as teachers are already lobotomized and deskilled
2. Administrators maneuver to maintain their petty power regardless of the direction of education reform. This is possible. If administrators desire power as opposed to educational achievement for children, they can negotiate a position to allow them to inflict misery on teachers whatever educational pedagogy is actually used.
3. Administrators are castrated. This could happen if other stakeholders turn on administrators, and split up the money and power that accrues to administrators among themselves. This is possible. As a political force teachers have been encircled, and a similar fate could befall their nearby rivals.

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