Training a student to be a sheep is a lot easier than the alternative. Teaching to the test, ensuring compliant behavior, and using fear as a motivator are the easiest and fastest ways to get a kid through school. So why does it surprise us that we graduate so many sheep
—Seth Godin, Tribes
What Seth is saying here, I think, is that our schools are great at teaching students to follow the rules, follow the manual and do what the teacher/boss says. However, they aren’t so great at growing and teaching students to be leaders. Leaders who don’t just follow the ‘manual’ out of fear of what could be if they stepped out and had a unique idea or tried to change the status quo.