From Top-Down to Shared Leadership in Public Schools – Can We Make the Shift?

Public education in North America is still stuck in a modernist/hierarchical leadership framework that I believe may well be its imminent undoing. That’s a big statement, I know. But with the EdTech sector growing the way it is, can public education really afford to continue to play a significant role without implementing models of shared leadership?

To my understanding, modernism consists of a hierarchical top-down structure, where some individuals, groups, and/or categories are valued above others.  Before the end of the Second World War, the global community largely existed in a political, economic and philosophical modernism.  The conclusion of WWII resulted in the gradual collective realization that this modernist way of thinking would lead to our eventual destruction as a species.

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