School Administration Sermon Illustrations

School Administration Sermon Illustrations

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Questions and answers on a regular form for job searchers used by our administrative placement office.

What was the starting salary of your present position?—$5,000
What is your present salary?—$5,000
What is your reason for leaving?—$5,000
I swore to help him find a new administrative post.—M. Dale Baughman

Nowadays most school boards are looking only for alert young men between the ages of 30 and 40 with Doctor's degrees and 20 years of experience.—M. Dale Baughman

This is a reaffirmation of the protest of my youth, when I wanted to teach and was constantly pushed toward administration because the pay was higher. Then, as now, I think that administrators can be trained, and with a smart secretary, the mediocre administrator can fool quite a few of the people for a long time.—Kermit Eby

Deposed administrators are urged to remember the old proverb, "When one door shuts, another opens."—M. Dale Baughman

The executive type school administrator is one who can take a two-hour lunch break without anyone missing him.

Problems are to a school administrator like dandelions in the spring lawn—they keep coming back.

A campaign for a new bond issue without adequate preparation and publicity is like a rocket without a nose cone. It isn't going anywhere.

You cannot give wings to the weak by using a tight rein on the strong.

You cannot promote harmony among the staff by inciting distrust and skepticism.

You cannot raise the performance level by taking away a teacher's initiative and independence.

You cannot be a crutch and help teachers permanently; you can be a cane and help them learn to do what they should for themselves.—M. Dale Baughman

Excerpt of a note from a new staff member to the American Association of School Administrators:

"The opportunity to join the official A.A.S.A. family has caused as much talk around our home as a new rooster in the hen house."—William J. Ellena

Notes from an outdoor notebook: Because the sloth spends most of its time upside down, its fur lies in the opposite direction to that of other animals, toward its back instead of down from it. When torrential rains fall, the moisture merely drops off instead of soaking in.

Mr. Administrator, don't you wish you had such built-in equipment to prevent your torrential rains from soaking in?—M. Dale Baughman

A successful school administrator is a person who can delegate all the responsibility, shift all the blame and take all the credit.

Out of thirty-one pieces of mail
Only one has a genuine claim—
Of the rest of the postal parade,
Two-thirds are evangels of trade;
Full twenty go on to regale
The teacher with items for sale
From peanuts, to jackets, to fame,
To trips with expenses delayed,
(Not to trips with expenses defrayed!)

Of the ten morning pieces of mail
That are left, let these comments suffice;
At least one will fondly abuse
You for not having sent in your dues;
At least one will gravely detail
The ways that a teacher can fail
(Unless one accepts this advice!)
Some catalogues come through in two's
You may get some rare items thrice!
And what of the one lonely note
That plugs neither products nor stunts?
A character reference blank,
It seeks a "completion at once."—William J. Murphy, Principal Minersville Area Joint High School Minersville, Pennsylvania

The albatross has the widest wing span of all birds in relation to body-size. It occurs to me that some school administrators have large wing spreads, in relation to body size, which enables them to fly on and on.—M. Dale Baughman

Poker isn't the only game played with chips. In the game of school administration chips are here and there, mostly on shoulders and too often the chips are down for many school superintendents.—M. Dale Baughman

About fifteen years ago Grover G. Brown, then county superintendent of schools in Brown County, Indiana, was hired by the Columbia Press to call on county, city and town superintendents and high school principals in the southern half of Indiana to tell them about the new writing books which had just been adopted for state-wide use.

As a rule school people are very courteous to all agents, but it sometimes happens that when two or three call on the same day, it may become a trifle annoying to school administrators. About 11:00 o'clock one summer day when schools were not in session superintendent Brown went into the office of the city superintendent of schools in New Albany, Indiana.

The city superintendent's expression and manner seemed to say "another confounded agent!" Brown sensed this feeling and asked, "Will you give me about four minutes of your time to explain this writing material?"

The school man looked him straight in the eye and said, "You know it will take you more than four minutes." Brown retorted, "I know when to shut up." "Shoot" replied the city administrator. Brown shot and in four minutes FLAT picked up his briefcase and started out. The city superintendent announced, "Hold on a minute, my boy. Sit down."

The two visited together most congenially for a full hour.

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