Did you know that Plato was the head of school at the first Academy? It's easy to forget, what with all this talk about Platonism being otherworldly and all that, but we do well to remember. In fact, I'm convinced that Plato's real intent when he wrote the Republic had more to do with schools than with governments.
If you were to ask what the fundamental principle of my educational, political, economic theory is, I think I might well answer this way:
We are not here studying the philosophy, we see it, as part of the ordered world. The aim of the poet is to state a vision, and no vision of life can be complete which does not include the articulate formulation of life which human minds make.So TS Eliot on Dante This is why I believe teachers must all be poetic and literary, even in kindergarten and even in science class. Nobody was more versed in the sciences of his day than Dante. And this is why I believe the basic study of a head of school should be, not administration, but literature.
It is the nature of the fine arts to push the boundaries of expression because the idea can never be perfectly expressed. The trouble arises when the idea is set aside and boundaries are pushed for the sake of pushing them.
I have a little problem with the current obsession with “worldview thinking” in Christian and classical circles. I believe that it subtly moves us from a framework that was used from creation until the mid-19th century. I also believe that in our attempts to build a comprehensive Christian “worldview” that we have de-emphasized our Christian narrative.