Principal vs. Principle

In anticipation of the start of school, I thought it would be a good idea to feature these two words.

I know that they aren't exactly SAT/ACT vocabulary words, but I recently saw them misused in a prominent place on a school district website - who shall remain unnamed! - so I figured it was worth a post.

When it comes to running effective schools, there's no doubt that we need both good principals and good principles. But which is which?


Principals are the people. Good princiPALS are a student's best pal. Principal also has some other important usages so make sure to scroll through all the definitions. Notably, principal (and NOT principle) is the one that indicates primary/main - so just like a principal is the head administrator of a school, a principal dancer is the head dancer in a troupe.

Principles are the concepts/ideas. Good principals tend to utilize sound principles when running schools.

That's it for a Friday before a holiday weekend! Have a good one!

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