Few people will deny the important role that principals play in educating students, which is why the low percentage of people of color in authoritative positions is disturbing (“School leadership: An untapped opportunity to draw young people of color into teaching,” brookings.edu, Nov. 26). But let’s not jump to any conclusions.
Despite the opportunities for leadership in schools for blacks and Hispanics compared with leadership opportunities in other fields, principals are largely white. Reformers argue that the reason isracism. But I submit that not everyone wants to leave classroom teaching for the front office. That’s because principals today are saddled with unprecedented responsibilities.
When I was in public school from K-12, the principal’s job was far less stressful than it is today. As a result, the decision to leave the classroom was easy. Some teachers wanted higher pay and were willing to put in the additional hours. But today, the additional pay simply is not as alluring because of the unprecedented responsibilities that go along with it. In short, it’s a personal choice.
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