for the habits and attitudes that corporate society demands. This might well be called "the conformity function because its intention is to make children as alike as possible. I don't think this is a coincidence.
The problem with most schools is, they have no purpose. In general, to make great things. What if they are the way they are, so expensively flying in the face of common sense and long experience in how children learn things, not because they are doing something wrong but because they are doing something right?
Throughout most of American history, kids generally didn't go to high school, yet the unschooled rose to be admirals, like Farragut; inventors, like Edison; captains of industry, like Carnegie and Rockefeller; writers, like Melville and Twain and Conrad; and even scholars, like Margaret Mead. Centennial Walk Saturdays events will include the highly anticipated department breakfasts, Greek club gatherings, and student organization booths. If they're so smart, why don't they figure out how popularity works and beat the system, just as they do for standardized tests? This, of course, precludes critical judgment completely. Well, then, is there anything we can do to fix things?