"Coersion [sic] (according to Wikipedia) "is the practice of forcing another party to behave in an involuntary manner (whether through action or inaction) by use of threats, intimidation, trickery, or some other form of pressure or force.""

Funny, that is exactly how I have felt for the past 4 years in university. Any time I ask practical questions out of curiosity or the desire to understand a principle better, I am told "that won't be on the test" or "don't worry about that for now, you just need to pass this class" or other responses to the same effect.

In my personal experience, coercion HAS been the rule rather than the exception. It is precisely because of this that I agree with you, obsteve, on the point that Dr. Gray (and many authors on this subject and others) has not provided sufficient sources and his ideas are mostly well developed hypotheses that need further research.

But you aren't any different from what I've read so far. Your summary "Are you sick of being whipped by evil teachers? There is another way with new Schoolaway..." is not well founded and a poorly extrapolated summation of Dr. Gray's essay.

What we all need is to continue discussing the issue objectively. If coercion is indeed the exception, then I want to know which schools follow the rule so that I can receive the education that I, and every one else, deserve!