This book is an amazing dissection of the psychology of petty evil. It is also a very entertaining read. I had meant to review it, and am happy to see I've been scooped. I cannot recommend this title highly enough.
I found the quote while reading The Teenage Liberation Handbook--a book that argues teens should quit school, and gives several ideas on how to leave legally and self-educate. The quote was in context of a chapter stating that not all teachers are bad--some vigorously fight the nature of the compulsory school system--but there are some people who want control over others, and it makes sense that some of these people gravitate toward teaching.
I have read Screwtape twice, and enjoyed it very much, though it's been a long while.
I'm currently reading Freedom and Beyond by John Holt, which I may review here, as it often pertains to adult freedom as well as education.
I visited Grace at her house in Eugene back in 1997. I am hoping to go to her camp next year.
One thing I remember about the book is that Grace often uses the pronoun she when referring to an individual.
I'm not sure what type of mentality gravitates toward teaching. The disillusioned teacher has become a cliche nowadays. Some simply want to do something that "makes a difference." Based on the people I knew from high school, it seemed that a lot of cheerleaders became teachers.
Some people go into teaching because they love the subject. Acting teachers do it because they love acting. The same goes for dance instructors and sports coaches.
I love kids. That's why I believe in home schooling and unschooling.