One of my favorite phrases by educators, principals, and reformers is the classic "it's about the kids." The reason it's a choice phrase is because it covers all manners of sins. Hit the jump to read which sins it covers and how to absolve them. Ha. See what I did there?
I have found that folks who work in education when they have to make a difficult decision that might be viewed as unpopular or hold tight to status quo, are very quick to say, "Hey, I'm making this decision for the kids." It's a gotcha move because how does the other side respond? Often, people will capitulate or hem and haw trying to navigate around that phrase. So people say it as quickly as possible in order to leverage a position that shows they "care."
I think folks need to really look at who they are serving when they make decisions and then be clear with those it impacts. Trying to mask or pass the buck onto someone else really makes communication opaque. If you are clear with folks about why you're doing what you're doing, you not only get people on board with your vision faster, but you're able to really address the issue you're tackling. So I'm just simply saying, that before we say something is "for the kids," let's really look at what we want to say and then simply say it. Deal?