30 years ago
"You can sack me, but the problems will remain," said R F Mackenzie, headmaster of Summerhill Academy, Aberdeen, last week at a meeting called by the director of education to give parents an opportunity to discuss complaints about bad discipline and poor academic achievement.
Mr Mackenzie was applauded at the end of a speech in which he outlined the educational philosophy he is trying to carry out . . . "We are trying to do the best we can - very much more than most schools . . ."
Mr Mackenzie said the serious split in the staff was due to the education committee's action in appointing "authoritarian people" to Summerhill . .
The following Monday, Mr Mackenzie was officially suspended.