"We run our schools like factories. We line kids up in straight rows, put them in batches (called grades), and work very hard to make sure there are no defective parts. Nobody standing out, falling behind, running ahead, making a ruckus."
"Playing it safe. Following the rules. Those seem like the best ways to avoid failure. And in school, they may very well be."
"We've been raised with a false belief: We mistakenly believe that criticism leads to failure. From the time we get to school, we're taught that being noticed is almost always bad. It gets us sent to the principal's office, not to Harvard. Nobody says, 'Yeah, I'd like to set myself up for some criticism!' And yet...the only way to be remarkable is to do just that."
Seth Godin from Purple Cow