> The only point on which we disagree a bit is in stating that we > must judge what's best for the kid, not what's best for the > teacher. Here I feel we must compromise. A teacher who is > being forced to do something she is not suited to will not do > the best for the kid.
We don't disagree on this. Good educational leadership consists of navigating between those two poles (the needs of the kids and the needs of the teachers). It's only in the final analysis that the needs of the kids must prevail. In practice, the two are intimately intertwined.