Reflections from the Frontline Reflection: #2 – Social Promotion: The School Improvement Parasite
Synopsis: Dr. Duncan discusses his displeasure of the practice of passing students just to move the on. Some teachers will move the student on to the next grade so that they do not have to deal with the student any longer. There is no effort on the teacher’s behalf to help the student or encourage them to improve. Their only goal…Make them someone else’s problem.
Corporate America is notorious for this…you have that one bad employee. No one wants to deal with him. But, instead of developing a program to assist the employee with their issues (or worst yet firing them), the employee is just passed around. They move to a new group, frustrate those people, then move on. While along their journey they leave a path of destruction, of despair, defeat, and carelessness.
A leader’s responsibility is to develop their people – no if’s, an’s, or but’s. If the people (all of the people) do not benefit from the leader’s expertise, the leader has failed. Of course, there are individuals who intentionally sabotage the team. They will not accept direction or correction from anyone. In this instance, this person is no benefit to the company or organization, therefore a separation should be pursued.
As a Leader:
1. Develop ALL of your people.
2. If you identify one that requires special assistance, give it to them.
3. If this person is being froward, them move towards separation.
Dr. Sabin Duncan is the Associate Director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute & the Honors College at Hampton University. He is the author of “Reflections of the Frontline” – a memoir of his experience as an educator.
You can purchase his book at the following links: iTunes, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Hard Copy. He is also the owner of Measurable Advancement – a source for educational consulting and its corresponding blog.
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