Because school defines learning as passive, learners come to see education as something done to them. When students are stuck in the middle of a problem, they don’t try and figure out what makes sense to do next; instead, they try to remember what they are supposed to do. If this is the premise for learning, is it any surprise that learners become less autonomous, more dependent, and ultimately mindless?

Joe Bower via http://www.joebower.org/2010/11/legacy-of-traditional-education.html