California School Requires Student Id Tags

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Based on information in the attached article, Principal Earnie Graham uses a purely traditional managerial approach in running Brittan Elementary School in Sutter, California. He clearly defines his authority when he says that it is within his power to set rules that promote a positive school environment. In his opinion, identification badges will improve things in school, therefore the students will wear badges. This is an example of hierarchy. Managerial Model - The traditional managerial approach views the implementation of i.d. tags as an efficient way to monitor kids. Attendance-taking is streamlined thereby eliminating a level of record keeping. The Principal also notes that the potential exists for school vandalism to be…show more content…
One of the parents, Mr. Cantrell, expressed his concern about teaching children trust and respect. The NPM model promotes a culture of trust because it strives to bring about people-led change. The text states ‘the essential ingredient of self-government is trusting the people involved '. Not knowing the history of Principal Graham it 's difficult to speculate whether he is trusted in the community. Assuming he is trusted, it would be far easier for him to get parents support and accept the new program. Assuming that he isn 't, utilizing the NPM model could have strengthened his relationship with his "customers" the parents. Political Approach In the last portion of the article, reference is made to the financial relationship between the school and the company that developed the radio frequency ID technology. It states that the school has received several thousand dollars for agreeing to the experiment and that the school will receive royalties from each future sale if the system is successful. This statement causes great concern about the principal 's motivation for implementing the use of badges. Under the political model as with the traditional managerial approach, all conflicts of interest should be eliminated. The principal failed to avoid this conflict of interest and in fact, may have even
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