I inadvertently stumbled into a Twitter discussion about school activities, such as most homework assignments, that seem to exist for no other reason than, "We've always done it that way." Here's an extract:
The conversation suggested that requiring compliance by students is bad. I don't think complying with such things as instructions to print one's name on a document infringe on civil liberties or turn students into automatons: It might be regarded as a simple courtesy. By the same token, I don't think complying with school rules has much of an effect on students' "real lives" outside school. In fact,...