Should schools encourage individuality or conformity?
Such restrictions on talking, while making logical sense, nevertheless would probably feel too harsh if individual teachers and classes did not allow students to talk freely at certain times, even if volume control is still expected. Many teachers allow students to talk (quietly) after a lesson as long as they’re working on whatever was assigned. Lunch loses even these restrictions. With these times as a kind of ‘pressure valve’ the situation where “nobody ever says anything truthful, where everybody is playing a kind of role, (…) where the air practically vibrates with suspicion and anxiety” is avoided, at least for the most part.