In response to the post on Anonymous Letters, a reader writes:
“Of course Brezina is right. I had a similar problem in a district. The problem was that the anonymous letters went to board members as well as the superintendent. I knew what I wanted to do with the anonymous letters, so did the superintendent. However, the letters were unofficially given credibility by the board.
If the anonymous letters get the attention of the weak link in the leadership chain (which can be any level from the principal to the board), they can be swayed. If this happens, I fear there is little that administrators down stream can do about this. I hope the leadership above you stays strong, but based on your letter I wouldn’t count on it.”
A significant part of the equation boils down to this:
We will run the district and campus based either on the input and insight of leaders and reflective educators who place the needs of students first; or we will run the district and campus based on the complaints of cowards who place their own needs above all others.
Then you have ask yourself one of two question sets.
1. Am I basing my decisions on the input of cowards? If so, what kind of leader does that make me?
2. Am I willing to work for the manager that makes his or her decisions based on the input of cowards instead of the needs of students?
Think. Work. Achieve.