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Bringing the Fight: School “McLeadership” and the Social Order


by Maiyoua Vang — May 16, 2012

Transformational leadership is not polite. It is political. For school leaders, that assignment exacts a multilevel (individual, organizational, societal) accounting of the congruence between our espoused values and how we choose to live with one another in this democratic project. In this piece, I argue that cultivating authentic school leadership requires nothing short of the politicization of educational leadership preparation curricula and that only through authentic engagement with the political and economic life world can we begin to decipher and challenge the governing apparatus that constrains our very ability to move beyond pedestrian leadership preparation or boutique scholarship toward a project of authentic justice.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 16, 2012
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16770, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 2:02:50 AM

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  • Maiyoua Vang
    University of Michigan - Dearborn
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    MAIYOUA VANG is an assistant professor of education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her research interests include school leadership under a social justice framework, educational policy and economic justice, and revolutionary multiculturalism.
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