David Hicks on School Leadership

The administration of the modern school replaces the headmaster of the old and brings iwth it a whole trainload of technical baggage for finding out what can be done–graphs, charts, statistics, feasibility studies–but precious little imagination of the sort that knows what ought to be done.

David Hicks

Here Mr. Hicks identifies what may be the core problem of conventional school governance. Just as classical teachers tend to fall back on old habits in the classroom, so classical heads of school and boards tend to fall back on old habits in the office and board room.

This is not a minor matter for the classical renewal.