I’ve stumbled* on a really really fascinating article at “Education Canada” on the difference between compliance (lots of kids sat in rows listening to the teacher read a story, a few sticking up their hands when a question’s asked because they’re engaged, while everyone else is disguising their boredom/lack of engagement) versus self-regulation (all kids engaged in different projects/small groups, largely self-selecting). There’s lots in there about power, self-confidence, nurturing, open space (though that’s not the term used) etc.
a) it would cost more in the short term in teachers’ wages and education budgets. Long-term savings from lower rates of self-harm, anti-social behaviour etc etc would help other silos’ budget pressures…
b) teachers would have to give up some control while learning a bunch of new skills
c) capitalism/state socialism doesn’t want empowered, intelligent citizens. It wants soul-sucked fleshbot widgets. And by and large, it gets them.
Also on the different experiences of education for rich and poor, see the amazing article by Cynthia Peters “The boy next to me sings all the time”
* stumbled while pootling around the Interwebz for stuff on “cultures of resilience” (all links gratefully received).