Incoming NYC Chancellor's Education Views a 'Question Mark'
Educators hoping to glean hints of the management style of media executive Cathleen P. Black, named Tuesday to lead the 1.1 million-student New York City schools, might turn to her best-selling management book, Basic Black , published three years ago.
In the book, subtitled The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life) , Ms. Black offers workplace tips for women, laced with anecdotes from her own life—as an advertising manager for Ms. magazine, the publisher and president of USA Today , and the president of Hearst Magazines , which publishes Cosmopolitan , Harper’s Bazaar , Marie Claire , Esquire , and other titles.
Most of the advice has no tie to education until midway through the book, when she writes about finding “authenticity” in one’s work. Ms. Black, 66, said that her least-favorite teachers “seemed to be on automatic pilot, teaching out of a sense of duty rather than joy, and just counting the months and years until retirement. Those teachers lacked authenticity in their work, which wasn’t fair to their students or themselves.” Ms. Black attended Catholic schools on the South Side of Chicago, and graduated from Trinity College, now Trinity Washington...
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