My experience tells me that yes, this fear does have the ability to persist
for decades, and in my naivete, I haven't figured out why.
In all my conversations in opening a democratic school I met this fear in
_every_ person I spoke with. Some people are open enough to engage, and then
to think, and then to examine beliefs they hold as truth. Sadly, most people
hear it and promptly slam the door. I assume that's the fear.
What seems fishy to me is the mind that stays closed - and many, many closed
minds are sitting in official positions. And the hundred or so people at
young democratic schools and startup groups are meeting them every day. Some
make progress against the tides; some don't.
I agree. There is alot more which can be sad on this subject and the abuse of
power of official positions in education... In any case, Good Point.