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Machiavelli's The Prince and School Reform

Machiavelli's The Prince and School Reform

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"The long continuum of the dominion obliterates the memories and issues that make men yearn for innovation, for one change will inevitably forge a link to another."

-N. Machiavelli

Changing the culture of a school? Leaders who inherit programs long "held" by "dominions" (i.e. long-standing leadership) will face more daunting challenges. This may seem obvious to many, but this 15th Century verse is a helpful reminder for leaders dealing with people who are mired in doing things "the way they have always been done" and who won't feel the necessity to change their ways.

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