I would also like to add that your image is completely misleading. Have you been in a school recently? Children sitting at individual desks with their heads down and 'obeying' and 'memorizing' religiously all day is simply not reality. In any good school, children are normally sat in small groups and engaged in interesting activities designed to make learning fun. Children will not sit there and be talked to without interaction as they have relatively low concentration spans. That would just result in disobedience and a lack of memorizing anything! School is a place where we learn to develop not just academically but emotionally, socially and cognitively and without it we would definitely be sheep vulnerable to the 'elite' who were actually educated.
School is what you make of it. If you go in with a negative attitude then you will hate it and most likely become a problematic pupil. If you struggle with something, seek help. That's what teachers are for. If you hate it, don't go to school, that way you can decide your own destiny in your own time without disrupting those who want to learn. If you're a parent, encourage your child and let them see the benefit and choose their own path with a bit of positive direction.
Source - married to a teacher
PS. It's the media that brainwash the masses by sensationalizing stories to get increased ratings. That is the main motive in many cases anyway.
EDIT: On reading that back, the most paranoid in here will probably tell me that my wife has brainwashed me. Please don't because I believe it or not, I have my own opinions and have made my own choices which so far have worked out pretty well. I think that those who believe we are being brainwashed are those who are not happy with their own lives and need to blame someone else because it's NEVER your own fault. Denial and paranoia go hand in hand....I digress.
edit on 6-9-2012 by fiftyfifty because: (no reason given)