Two recent opinion pieces, that appeared on the Thomas Fordham Institute web site, offer a look at issues regarding principal preparation. John Chubb, the president of the National Association of Independent Schools, examined the important role principals play in building quality schools and how their current training is failing to provide leaders that are up to the challenge. The first article titled, Building a Better Leader: Lessons from New Principal Leadership Development Programs, examines advances in how principals are being trained. In the second commentary, It may be harder to become a transformational leader than to get into Harvard, he considers the impact traditional low admissions standards have had on the quality of candidates and the sway that higher standards can have on attracting principals better equipped to meet the high expectations currently demanded of our schools.
Both editorials address issues concerning a principal preparation process in great need of repair.