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Sunday, April 28. 2013
The growth of school administrators, from public primary schools to private colleges, has been much commented on. I have no idea why it has been such a strong trend.
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This is the Gramsci legacy. Gramsci was the founder of the Italian Communist Party. He believed the capitalist ruling class maintained its hegemony by instilling its own norms and cultural values into society at large. Capitalist values became everyone's values so the status quo was maintained.
The capitalist hegemony is replaced by changing the narrative. This is accomplished by "going into the institutions", the media, the church, the film industry, the military, and the family. Gramsci would be pleased to learn how successfully his vision has been realized.
I live in California. The University of California system recently reported that its non-teaching administrative staff had increased by 212% since the early 1990s, which the teaching staff had gone up only a few percent. This is to accommodate diversity specialists, LGBT specialists, divesture specialists, green energy specialists, and so on. Plus, these positions are lucrative sinecures for liberal arts majors who can feel good about themselves and not have to work too hard, with a great pension at the end. Victor Davis Hanson has written a lot about this.
So who runs the universities? I don't know that it matters much. Both the faculty and administration seem to be commies these days. Conservatives are simply not hired for these positions.
Lenin said something to the effect that if he could control the education process for four years, he would have their minds for ever.
There's a huge sea change going on right now. Obama is confident enough to stand in in public and say he's a muslim socialist. He was half joking, but what other American president ever said anything like that?
Ooops– I meant of course to include EDUCATION in the list of institutions targeted by the left.
Ask Larry Summers who runs the colleges and universities.
The growth of school administrators, from public primary schools to private colleges, has been much commented onI have no idea why it has been such a strong trend.
For colleges and universities, the increase comes from at least two sources. The ability to fund more and more administrators has come from the explosion in federally funded student loans, which gives colleges and universities a lot more money to play with. If the money is available, it will be spent.
The perceived "need" for more administrators comes from the increase in PC strictures over the last 40 years.
We live in TX and they have even more Administrative staff in their K-12 schools than California had when we moved from there a couple of years ago. It seems to be a universal problem. We were told that the TX school superintendents claim they have to hire so many administrative personnel because of the Department of Education rules and regulations and reporting requirements. But, the person who was giving the briefing questioned that because she said they hem and haw when she asked them what specific rules and regs needed to be targeted for action.
It is the administrators because they are the ones who deal with the accreditation agencies who really are the power holders and poison delivery systems to both K-12 and higher ed. It was the accreditors who dictated diversity commitments to maintain accreditation. It is the accreditors now in K-12 that have dictated that it is the child's physical, emotional, and social needs that are to be monitored, not knowledge. That's not equally distributed and equality of outcomes and the resulting credentials is the goal.
http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/college-ready-as-a-goal-of-k-12-is-not-helpful-if-first-you-gut-the-historic-purpose-of-college/ is just one example of where the accreditors are now forcing higher ed. Which the Obama Admin is embracing. Even giving the accreditors more leverage.
Because administrators learn that future lucrative promotions do not come to anyone displeasing the accreditors, the more ambitious toe every aspect of the change the world through education mantra. Who cares what taxpayers, parents, and students want?
Common Core only makes this worse in every aspect of the system. And because accreditation globally answers to UNESCO under the grossly misnamed Quality Assurance process, this is going on all over the world. In the typical Australian university, administrators outnumber professors.
I served on college and university faculties for 37 years. Over that time, I came to believe that excluding faculty from administrative power was desirable, because the great majority of faculty are not fit by reason of ideology or psychology to do so. Many (mostly in the humanities and social sciences are reduced the near delusion by their marxist ideologies and surprising ignorance.
Doesn't make much difference who is 'running' the zoo since they're running it into the ground.
Teaching 'Studies'courses has produced dolts, the 47% that will never get a decent paying job because of a junk degree.
Then comes the awareness that a degree isn't worth the cost and that takes care of much of the course offerings.
Most co-eds would have been better off auditing and chippie chasing for credit.
When I went to elementary school back in the 60s, we had on Principal who also taught sixth grade, doing he principal duties either before or after school with the help of a single part time secretary. In Jr and Sr High the Principal had one Vice Principal who also doubled as AD and a couple of secretaries.
Now in the age of computers and data processing that has helped all other business streamline administrative tasks, I work on constructing elementary schools that all have multiple vice principals and aides and assistants offices all over.
What the hell do these people do all day?
I went to elementary school in the late sixties - mid seventies. Administration consisted of a principle, assistant principle, secretary, librarian and a janitor = 5.
We can probably blame the Dept of Ed for much ot this increase.
I was absolutely shocked when I substitute taught temporarily at the number of administrators in our local high school. All the tracking of essentially useless data and reporting to those who will cherry pick what supports their already chosen positions is useless.
What concerns me, OK terrifies me, is that I really don't see a way, outside a benevolent dictatorship to roll all this back.
Milton Friedman spoke of this in the context of socialize medicine long ago. Gannon's law of bureaucratic displacement. Useless work tends to replace useful work.
But look at it this way, without the increase in administrators, the liberal arts major unemployment rate would be much higher. Consider it welfare for the over credentialed.