A brilliant discussion on schools and schooling the book is, A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century.
What is school for, and what does it help make us become? Is genius common, or rare? What is the purpose of the scientific method? How is fear used to corral students (and others)? How does a relationship with risk help young people become more adept adults? Are our bodies necessary to our education, or can we be educated as if we were just brains in jars?