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The Limitations Of Mission

by Paul Kelleher - February 08, 2005

We tend to think of a strong sense of mission as an absolute good. Purpose concentrates energy, strengthens commitment, enables perseverance, and leads to accomplishment. But a mission that is unbounded by the lessons of reality can overreach and produce disappointment and a sense of failure.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 08, 2005
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11718, Date Accessed: 7/14/2020 7:18:25 AM

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  • Paul Kelleher
    Trinity University
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    PAUL KELLEHER, is the Norine R. Murchison Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at Trinity University. Kelleher served for the last 20 years as a Superintendent of Schools in suburban New York and Connecticut. Prior to these appointments, he also served as Principal of Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, N.Y. and as a high school teacher and middle school principal.
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