It's not quite that simple. Teachers are necessary, otherwise we'd quite possibly never learn anything. Or at least not much of the sort of thing that's learned at school (and maths, english and science - and HISTORY, which I wish I'd taken in upper high school - and such are important). What's wrong is a system that teaches solely what to think, and not HOW to think. That and the hierarchical arrangement (although the latter may be necessary for a productive learning environment for a select few). Good education needs to teach both (what, as in what we've discovered thus far; how to think so that future generations can take our understanding and break it to smithereens, all the while supporting their stance with evidence).
I actually didn't rebel against my teachers (then again, I had good teachers) except once (which was basically fuck PE); I didn't see the point - they're just the cogs at the front line of the machine, and a decent number of teachers are frustrated with the system themselves, but feel powerless.
More on topic, a couple of years ago I came to the decision I could no longer honestly sing the national anthem or honor a flag. It suddenly seemed so hollow and empty. I mean, a flag is a symbol, as is a national anthem. Honouring a symbol? How does that make any sense? Further, I saw that such actions can be equated with those of the mindless, the kind that give strength to tyranny. I decided back then I wouldn't be part of such a process, and haven't sung the anthem since. Indeed, I don't stand for the anthem anymore when I'm at an event where it's played, and haven't thankfully experienced any trouble (it helps being in a country where people give such a small fuck about the anthem that half of them don't even remember the words!).
There isn't a pledge of allegiance in use for anything except at naturalisation ceremonies; thank goodness I didn't have to go through that bullshit.
Edited by affirmedatheist, 18 May 2012 - 06:56 PM.