Jamie, I feel that you are misguided, when you advocate for school children to be left to govern themselves, have you seen some of the housing estates where young people , refuse to attend school at all, they are challenging society alright, but are not contributing any thing to it. Those young people challenge every thing respect nothing, mostly due to lack of positive role models and quality interaction with adults.
Yes, what you quoted me saying was my opinion, based on, several years of working with children and young people, who have become known as "challenging". I can tell you the reason these kids became challenging,- through inadequate parenting. These same parents threw their hands up , and said "you " the "local authority" have to do something with him/her cause I cant.
The main reason most children get up on time, attend and do well at school is because they are loved, supported and kept safe by their parents, time enough to challenge the establishment/status quo, at college and uni.
How dare you say I am prejudice, because I dont believe in the Lord of the Flies ethos you find so refreshing. In your dream world the children wouldn't have guidence, they would go to bed when they liked, attend school when they got there , no routines or time tables , the old order gone, well good luck with that.
Dont even bother to say I am brain washed or indoctrinated because of my , age or up bringing, because as I have said before I was raised "in care" by people indifferent to my "care" needs, which I was reminded of weekly, (pay day).
Another thing I can say is a school uniform is not elitist, it is equalising, without a uniform (at least in secoundary school), it is all about what a child wears, and is a real headache for parents, and far more expensive.
Think now I will join Trojax and Devilsadvocate, I will pass the eggs guys