Sincerity Integrity Respect and Trust

This a life lesson for anyone taking any major step in life:  Look for these qualities in your bosses, your co-workers and in the atmosphere that pervades the institution.  Are decisions made for the best outcome for the people you serve, in a school that is the students and the community, or because they are the ones that the leaders say you should follow because they made them?

Where I am now, these four qualities pervade everything that goes on.  It affects everything:  morale, achievement, motivation, quality.  When I left Montclair, it was totally absent.  Hubris had replaced respect, public relations had replaced integrity.  And sincerity, let’s not even go there.

Why would a school system which was acting in good faith and transparently need a communication and a public relations plan?  Because people don’t like what they see?  Because people don’t trust who they see?

So do the test.  If you see these four qualities in our schools, feel good.  You have a great school.  If not, its time for you to work for a change.

Author: Scott White

I am a nationally recognized expert on college admissions, having worked in schools and colleges for 35 years. I have been regularly quoted in major publications including the NY Times, the LA Times, The Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, Time Magazine and others. I am widely published on various aspects of the college admissions process and present at state and national conferences on a variety of college admissions related topics. I have worked in college admissions as well as independent day and boarding schools. The last 25 years I have worked in public schools, 14 as a school counselor and then as a Director of Guidance at elite, suburban public schools including Montclair High School, Westfield High School and Morristown High School. I am now an independent college counselor for SW College Consulting in Montclair. I can be contacted as or 973-919-6798.

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