We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I recall a staff of perhaps 15 running my high school of 2500 students, not including custodians and lunch room help. A few years ago I substitute taught at a local school and they had (with computers) a staff of about 40 "supporting" a school of about 800 students. It takes a massive staff to accomplish all the paperwork.
Principals have to jump through more hoops than they did 40 years ago, which may account for there being more of them.
Regarding having principals teach, I am reminded of my time in high school. When I was a junior a longtime history teacher got promoted to assistant principal. Among the courses he taught was the history component of an AP Humanities program- three hours a week. Call it World History.
His replacement in the history part of the AP course taught American History. He hadn't seen World History courses since college. To keep up with teaching an AP history course on material he hadn't seen for 20 years, he would have had to stay up to 10 p.m. or even midnight refreshing his knowledge of the material. He was middle aged with a family,and didn't want to exhaust himself.
The result was that he BSed in class- the blind leading the blind in class discussions instead of lectures he didn't want to take the time to prepare. His students had a horrible experience of working their tails off for a slacker. After two years of this, word got around. The class got cancelled because too few signed up for it.
Had the newly promoted assistant principal spent three hours a week in teaching the AP history component, that could have been avoided. As he had taught the class for 10+ years, he would have had minimal prep time.
Cut out all the Title X and Title Y special funding that requires this blinking paperwork. The Great Society "titles" and every law since have not improved the results, especially when every new administration, be it at the federal, state or local level, tries to put a new stamp on educational methods.
Pure and utter waste of time. My great-grandparents curricula was more challenging than what is being taught now, and it included many courses in world and American history along with Latin and Greek.
My kids go to a "Title 1" school. They have 2 teachers per classroom and it's added 2 security guards. This is a K-5 school and the guards are needed to control some of the students and their "parents".
Anyway, they've added other staff to and remodeled and expanded the building. Spent a ton of money.
School rating cratered to an F as of last year.
Back in the day, everyone except the secretarial staff taught. In elementary, admin was secondary to teaching your class. In high school, more time was given to admin, but the principal still taught Grade XII math, and the vice-principal taught senior French.
My father was an industrial arts teacher who ended up in admin. He always insisted on having a class to teach; he needed to be in a classroom, and he knew that having a class kept him in touch with the students as nothing else could. Though he was also known for touring the hallways during lunch and other breaks just to keep tabs on what was going on. He loved his students and wanted the best for them.