Teachers Versus Principals

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Teachers versus Principals

Selina Likely

English Composition 1

Kathryn Graham

October 22, 2012

Did you know that teachers in China and Germany are highly respected? They hardly ever leave the profession and are reasonably paid. Did you know that teachers in England are poorly regarded? Did you know that the U.S. spends a below average amount of it's wealth on teacher salaries when compared with other nations? Did you know that employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to increases in enrollment? The remainder of this paper will attempt to compare and contrast two high demand professions, teachers and principals. Although these professions have a lot in common, they also have major differences.

How are teachers and principals alike? Principals are teachers and teachers are leaders! They are the basis of our nation’s educational system. With the right training, support and work conditions, they both strive to help students achieve at high levels. Both professions require higher education and a license, whether it is a teaching license or an administrator’s license, in order to be hired into a school district. They are both passionate about education. Principals and teachers work as a team when dealing with teaching, learning and disciplinary problems. They both are decision-makers; teachers make decisions at the classroom level to support student achievement and principals make decisions at the school level to support student achievement. Teachers and principals ultimate goal is achieving student success.

How are teachers and principals different? They have different roles and responsibilities. I’ll start with teachers first. A teacher’s main responsibility is using best practices to teach content to students. They are required to grade papers, carry out duties, maintain safety and order in the classroom, and utilize data to track...
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