...the way they were
The indifference of most parents must, he said, be overcome. Parents sometimes cared about issues like catchment areas or the form of secondary education, but few of them usually turned up for meetings organised by headmasters.
Teachers as a profession held a position of dominance over the immature.
They were, like doctors, accustomed to working with people who were always at a disadvantage. The organisation of schools bred authoritarianism and paternalism. He hoped that constant contact with parents would help to change attitudes.