Negatron hits a nail square in the jaw with depressing clarity:

this is what many students learn in college: how to negotiate the bureaucracy, how to get by, how to brown nose a little, and how to navigate the structures around them. This lesson will probably serve them more than reading any “great mind.” For most students college is bureaucracy 101. This education, the education in how to follow rules, bend rules, and keep up appearances is perhaps what will best serve them as future employees.

Part of what I was trying to get at with my complaint about fairness was the role that fairness talk plays in the process of helping schoolers sleep at night when faced with disturbing evidence of the primary content of schooling. (Cleaver says it better than I do.)

Major bummer. Luckily there’s evidence that it is possible to escape my certain fate.