One More Question for a Would-Be Superintendent

Type: Article
Topics: Leadership Development, School Administrator Magazine

April 01, 2021

My View

“Dr. Merrow, I have just one more question for you. We’re pretty conservative here, pretty slow to change. If we hire you to be our school superintendent, what’s the biggest change you would want to make in our schools?”

“That’s a great question, sir,” I replied, my brain whirling and spinning and searching for a suitable answer.

Asking about potential changes is always an important line of inquiry, but today, because of the pandemic, months of virtual school and a crippling recession that has exposed our society’s economic and racial fault lines, the question is particularly relevant.

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John Merrow, former education correspondent (PBS and NPR) and author