24 Mar 2010
The DELTA Principle (the EFL's Dilbert Principle)
This is Dilbert's variation on the Peter Principle which, if you didn't know, claims competent people are promoted until they reach their level of incompetency and are promoted no more. Dilbert suggests promotion into management is nature's way of getting rid of the people who are in fact impeding the delivery of services and products.
I wonder if there is a related 'DELTA Principle' at work in EFL? So many management positions in EFL require a diploma level teaching certificate but few ask for a diploma level qualification in management. Yeah, I know (from personal experience) that a DOS will have to observe teachers, provide academic support and leadership, etc. but to become a DOS in a large school or a principal, surely qualifications such as the EnglishUK Diploma in ELT Management or the Cambridge IDLTM are much more relevant?
But with the number of diploma qualified teachers is dropping every year, is there a danger of promoting the most competent teachers into management roles they receive no training for?