6 Rules to a Collegially Disagreeable Culture

Collegially disagreeable cultures rarely emerge spontaneously.  Egos, personal biases and blindnesses, ambitions, and clashing philosophies work against collegiality.  And peer pressure, fear of ridicule,


Disagreeableness Rule 1: The Board has duty to provide oversight into and, where it deems appropriate, to disagree with and to direct management on policy, procedures, and implementation.

Collegiallity Rule 1: No caucuses, in-groups, back-room deals, quid pro quo, hidden agendas, grudges.


Disagreeableness Rule 2:  All proposals must be “option-rich and evidence-based”, and must be subject to scrutiny.

Collegiallity Rule 2: Discussion is to focus solely on evidence, and what is best for students (and secondarily on staff, schools, and society), never on personalities or political pressure or personal interest.


Disagreeableness Rule 3: If a Board member has an idea or evidence or concern, it is the member’s duty to raise it.

Collegiallity Rule 3: Good decisions need time for careful thought; no last minute rushed proposals.