Category Archives: School Bureaucracy

Schools and Bureaucracy: Reflections on Survival and Other Personal Idiosyncrasies: Part C

Summary: Being the last installment of a series of reflections on long term survival in the belly of the educational beast.….. Despite the relentless bureaucratic monolith, pockets of encouragement and support for individual vision occur, which have helped my longevity. … Continue reading

Posted in School Bureaucracy | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Schools and Bureaucracy: Reflections on Survival and Other Personal Indiosyncrasies — Part B

Summary: Continuing reflections on survival during a career in schools. Another benefit of working in schools snuck up on me, and was particularly accentuated by a growing love of mountaineering and the birth of my children. School vacations are rather … Continue reading

Posted in School Bureaucracy | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Schools and Bureaucracy: Reflections on Survival and Other Personal Idiosyncrasies (Part A)

To summarize, the topic of the moment, derived from my just previous post, is a reflection on my survival over years of career in high school without escape, first as an English teacher, then as a counselor. How have I … Continue reading

Posted in School Bureaucracy | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Schools and Bureaucracy: Notes on Staying “Alive”

A younger colleague, in the midst of a discussion about some relatively minor indignity we counselors have suffered or observed, turned to me recently and asked as though to a veteran of many wars, “how do you do it?” She … Continue reading

Posted in School Bureaucracy, Schools and Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Schools and Bureaucracy and Some Politics: Empower Your People; Chrysler Does — Part D

Summary: Referring back to last week’s post, a plan to provide study time in our school served as a promising example of the incremental changes needed to further reform in schools. The story is here continued. On what seemed to … Continue reading

Posted in School Bureaucracy, Schools and Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Schools and Bureaucracy: Empower Your People; Chrysler Does — Part C

Summary: A program to provide extra help to struggling students in one school shows the potential inherent in staff/administration cooperative planning. Among the casualties of recession driven budget cuts in our school was the after school activity bus, admittedly a … Continue reading

Posted in School Bureaucracy | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Schools and Bureaucracy: Empower Your People; Chrysler Does — Part B

Summary: A fledgling initiative in Washington State with exceeding promise nonetheless demonstrates the pitfalls of hierarchical directives. Politicians talk about the rising gap between the rich and the poor, the upper economic classes and the lower economic classes. In Washington … Continue reading

Posted in School Bureaucracy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Schools Bureaucracy: Empower Your People; Chrysler Does (Part A)

The next few posts will compare one example of a recent American corporate success that has valued the creative and cognitive input of workers and staff with two organizational episodes taken from my school experience. The first of these school … Continue reading

Posted in School Bureaucracy | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

School Bureaucracy: We Now Learn Good Teachers Are Valuable

Summary: Another in a string of commentary about flattening the school hierarchy, and the value of teacher and staff input to decision making. Age old is the tale of the teacher, from the wise one, to the prophet, to the … Continue reading

Posted in School Bureaucracy, Schools and Culture | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

School Bureaucracy: The Flattening of Structure: Muda, Muri, and Mura

Building on last week’s introduction to the history of the Toyota revival following the Second World War, and its use of the thinking of Edward Deming, this post explores some of the managerial concepts that have been key ingredients to … Continue reading

Posted in School Bureaucracy, Schools and Culture | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment