Watch this great talk from TEDxCopenhagen 2012:
Many institutions we take for granted are designed from a basis of mistrust. Skip school too often? Go to jail. Run that red light, even when nobody is around for blocks? Ticket.
Why do we do it? According to Jerry Michalski: to avoid chaos, dealing with scale of a growing world, a lack of trust, and the need to retain docile consumers.
The fix: Unschooling, free-range kids, and edupunks.
Again, watch Michalski’s talk.