“Obama is not a monarch — Arne Duncan is not education czar — and we are not his subjects. . .
Democracy, after all, is geared toward participation and engagement, and it’s based on a common faith.
. . .Much of what we call schooling forecloses or shuts down or walls off meaningful choice-making. Much of it is based on obedience and conformity, the hallmarks of every authoritarian regime. Much of it banishes the unpopular, squirms in the presence of the unorthodox, hides the unpleasant. There’s no space for skepticism, irreverence, or even doubt. . .”