Administrative Bloat: Flatten the Curve!

Apr 20, 2020 by

Polls show that the general public overwhelmingly feels that quality education is at top on the list of essential governmental functions and should be funded accordingly.

We should regret and try to avoid any reduction in budgetary support for educational programs and personnel, except where there is obvious feather-bedding, duplication and bloat, or when they are in effect “no show jobs” for which the payee still  goes through the motion of making intermittent appearances somewhere or other.

It’s too soon to know exactly how severe the impact of Covid-19 will have on future state budgets, but it would be beyond miraculous if sacrifices would not need to be made. 

But where and to what extent?  On whom should the axe fall?  This is not a matter of comparative human merit but rather of the value of contribution.  We cannot afford to keep stroking sinecures.

To some degree, all their value serves a function.  But not all are indispensable.  If economic push comes to shove, policy-makers must make choices analogous to medical triage.

Provincial plans and priorities need to be be established now.  Our projections should be driven by absolute principles. Foremost must be the full restoration of viable education.  Essential to that goal is the undiminished human capital in the classroom: teachers and their aides.

But literally at all costs, there should be no cutting back on educators who deliver direct instructional classroom services.  Students are going to need intense personal attention more than ever, when this pandemic subsides and class sizes are already too high.  The urgent task of re-engaging students in pursuit of standards is already complicated by the unnatural hiatus. 

It would be fatally aggravated by the loss of teacher positions.

If every good-faith measure to protect all existing DOE is exhausted, then classroom educators ( as flexibly defined) should be spared.  Let the axe fall discreetly.   Although many administrators do not fall into the category of parasitic bureaucrats, too many do. 

Many have pretentious titles, salaries above the combined average of 3 teachers, and generate either an invisible or flimsy work product.  Indeed it is often hard to figure out what they do to merit their lucrative niche. I don’t begrudge them their lifestyle or jacuzzi upgrades to their third homes, but not on the backs of kids. 

As regards such redundant bureaucrats, it may be time to “flatten the curve”!

Ron Isaac

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