In order to be an effective major league baseball coach, do you think a person had to have been a great player? Could you coach in the NFL without ever playing football? A recent article in the Boston Globe discusses an interesting trend in education. Increasingly, large urban school districts across the country have been hiring Superintendents that have backgrounds not in teaching or school administration, but instead public policy, business and the military.
While some would argue these professionals bring a unique perspective to public education, others would argue a lack of experience and credibility. What are your thoughts on the issue? Read the article, “Pittsburgh district’s choice for superintendent illustrates trend” about the newest Superintendent in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and weigh in.