I almost dismissed this email as junk and probably would have done if it had arrived on a busy weekday. Intriguingly, it said it was a copy of a message that I hadn’t sent and, at first glance, it seemed to be from Janet Agnes Cockerill – who died several years ago – but the link between scholarship and leadership in education caught my attention.
The email interested me for a couple of reasons.
I was drawn to the email’s proposition that educational leaders and academics, “seem to be too busy to develop their own scholarship”. After all, shouldn’t educational leaders exude enthusiasm and hunger for learning? Shouldn’t they empathise with students experiencing the challenges and fulfillment of incorporating academic learning into the rest of their busy lives? Has increasing preoccupation with managing budgets, resources, HR, PR, outcomes, impact and marketing systematically eroded time for our own intellectual development?
If so, does it…
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