To create good workers, education systems put a premium on compliancy and rote memorization of basic knowledge—excellent qualities in an industrial worker.
To the extent a school is like a factory, students who inquire about “the way things are” could be seen as insubordinate
Logically, as we move from an industrial society to more of an entrepreneurial one, it makes sense that we would want to trade in the factory/obedience model of schooling for more of a questioning model. But as the world changed and the workplace changed with it, the old educational model hasn’t evolved much—and for the most part hasn’t adapted to the modern economy’s need for more creative, independent-thinking ‘workers’
This is consistent with the views on averagarianism, and the separateness of thinkers and managers (Taylorism) nicely narrated by Todd Rose, and others (most recently by Dingen, in a book I am about to start).