" Of course it's true that socializing goes on in U.S. schools, but to
say "most," and more to the point, to say that the schools are "about"
something (which means that's their main business), seems kind of a
big statement. Not to say that the socializing aspect isn't
significant, just that it's not the only thing, or even the absolutely
mainly most importantly significant thing going on."
If schools were intentionally designed to socialize, constructed such
that little else could go on, and have spent almost 75 years
practicing socialization (preparing people to work in factories) what
else COULD they be about? The model and system are doing what they
were intended to do from the start. The issue is we need to break the
model and redesign. While it ain't the only thing that's going on in
schools, socialization is the "main thing."
And we wonder why students rebel?