Ideally, we would live in a world where our educational institutions prepared our children for that reality. So why do our public schools - and even a number of private schools - seem so feudal in nature?
Superintendents are owed allegiance by principals. Principals are owed allegiance by teachers. Teachers are owed allegiance by students who, like serfs, have no say in the matter. Sometimes, teachers will agitate for more teacher freedom, as the English barons confronted King John for more freedom for the nobility. But any effort by students to assert more freedom is denied. All top-down, all with arbitrary authorities checked only by higher arbitrary authorities. Like the relationship between lord and vassal.
This is a situation that’s damaging to democracy. Many students leave school thinking that arbitrary authority is the proper way of the world. They accept their servitude and expect it of others. Worse, when they do hold the reins of democracy, they use it to cast more and more coercive authority on others, in the name of democracy.
Far better to have a school that embraces true democracy and individual rights from the start. Far better to have a Sudbury school.