Miner, commercial fisherman and firefighter. School principal. Would you have chosen to place your school’s head among such dangerous occupations? Most likely, you wouldn’t. A survey this week shows that school leaders are in serious trouble. These findings should be a wake-up call for policymakers, education department heads, and all those who support and educate our school principals.
Principals struggle to fulfill the demands of their job due to increasing demands, lack of time, and little support. Stress affects principals at a rate that is 1.7 times greater than the general population. Things are getting worse. The findings show that school leaders were twice as likely to think of self-harming and have poor quality-of life concerns than in previous years.
According to the survey, 41% of principals had received threats of violence on the job within the last year. This was mostly from their parents. More than a third of principals have been subject to physical violence, mostly from their students.
What Is The Secret To Our Success Principal?
According to a report by the US, the principal’s job has been overload over the past decade. Schools are being ask to address many of the problems facing society.
Schools are being scrutinized and denigrated based on their test scores in a country where the income gap is increasing and the achievement gap is still quite large. Innovative curricula and inspiring classrooms are being replaced by test preparation.
This hyper-accountability is combined with the despair of generational unemployment in certain communities, as well as the effects of parents passing academic responsibilities onto their children’s schools, and principals face a Sisyphean task.
What Are The Principal Options?
Stop asking schools for everything to fix society. Schools reflect the society’s problems for better or worse. In recent years, the principals have taken on the majority of the responsibility to address social, academic and societal pressures within the limit hours that are left for learning.
Schools must be caring from the beginning to the end. They should be open to misbehaviour and be willing to help students. Schools must be support and allow to fulfill their core mission of learning centres.
Integrating Services For Families Can Fix Society
Family members who are under stress can be best serve by both the public and private sectors in an integrate manner. This done by the Family Action Centre, and other similar resources, as well as places like Broadmeadow Primary School in Melbourne.
Enhance principal preparation programs and professional growth. Many school leadership programs integrate theory and practice well.
These programs must prepare school leaders for the serious threats and challenges they face each day. The talents of a principal are more important than ever in 2016. They can address the mental health of teachers and families, manage conflict in the classroom, create engaging lessons in the classroom, and ensure that students reach their full potential.
Reduce Excessive Drug Or Alcohol Use
The cost of buying drug ice in some areas of Australia can be lower than buying a pint or bottled water. School behaviours reflect the behavior at home. Many families in Australia suffer from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, which can lead to bullying and violence. This epidemic requires that policymakers double down on prevention and treatment and offer in-school support.
Change The Way Principal Teach
New models of schooling are being develop in Australia and around the globe. They focus on the learner and their families, as well as learning. The Big Picture School concept places student passions at the forefront, while the AVID program targets students who are not able to achieve their academic potential. There is also the Early College High School movement in the USA, which allows students with limited resources to attend university.
The solution to school violence and stress may lie in reversing the 20th century schooling model. This latest survey calls for policymakers to take action. If the response is not comprehensive, we will still find little change in our schools and principals. To create healthy learning environments for all children, we must change the way that schools, principals and community members are view and support.