Years ago, in his book How Children Fail, John Holta penetrating observer of the schoolswrote: "Even in the kindest and gentlest of schools, children are afraid, many of them a great deal of the time, some of them almost all the time. . . afraid of failing, afraid of being kept back, afraid of being called stupid, afraid of feeling themselves stupid."
In Michael Bloomberg's public schools, many students are also afraid of being bullied and handcuffed by his police personnel.