their job is to make sure kids do their work, dont bunk off, etc. This is a managerial, controlling role
More like a parental one. Children do need adult supervision because they don't know owt, and in the absence of a parent the teacher ends up performing that role, making sure the kids in their care are safe and learning things.
exactly. Anyone who has ever been a part of a political group realises that people have to learn how to behave in meetings and many fail. In fact many groups fail to learn how to organise something as simple as a meeting where everyone who wants to speak does and no-one dominates the meeting.
When fort-da game talks about his son's behaviour when he did not know what was expected of him I think this can be related to teaching. When you give students a group task you need to teach them how to work as a group otherwise they will flounder. Hopefully the students will not respond to this by hitting others. One of the most important elements of schooling is learning how to behave as a group, rather than being the spoilt centre of a parent's universe or the victim of older siblings a child gets to create an identity within a group and has to learn the boundaries of such behaviour. A shocking number of children turn up at schools and their parents haven't taught them basic concepts such as the fact that if there is a centre of the universe they most certainly are not it. I have been shocked by how many children seem incapable of the most basic empathy. Obviously the system is flawed but as a responsible parent if you are going to put your child through the education system then you should prepare them for what it is like.
The piece by Cambridge anarchists to my mind makes some good points but then drags them off to a different conclusion that to my mind doesn't make sense. That 'herd' mentality of which they speak so disparagingly and that they think leads to totalitarianism seems to me to signal a disregard for ideas of communality and a group dynamic in favour of individualism.