I don't know if this is reassuring or frightening to you, but much of the original intent behind the compulsory public school system was to turn a potentially unruly population of new immigrants into compliant workers for the factories of the industrial revolution. One of the inspirations for American public schooling was the Prussian military school model because it was so effective at producing compliance with authoritarian order. So public education has always been driven by government and corporations. There's nothing new there. Our schools are a reflection of our society, constructed and influenced by those in positions of power. And the reason that 150 to 200 years of governmental/industrial/corporate agenda hasn't turned all of us into drones is that this agenda is filtered through teachers who have the best interests of their individual students at heart, and by children who are engaged learners and want to drive their own educations.