I think, from my student experience at School (LSE), the greater majority of students are comfortable with the teaching arrangements that are in place. It brings forth an independent student, and finally a graduate who can depend on himself, and I believe that this sets forth a blossoming of an academic or researcher in the future. If a student is to grow from a fresher to an academic, or researcher, he has to grow on his own. He will receive the foundation and guidance, but choosing the path that he should follow, as well as how and what to do, are decisions he has to take to take on his own. This has set forth orginal thinking, as it does not involve framing research strictly according to the research interests or perspectives of the department. Senior faculty are there for us when we need them, but they will not 'spoon feed' us. The calibre of students at LSE can cope with this hands-off learning approach, and generally have few problems, if none at all.
This is the atmosphere at LSE, and we all loved it... and we still do. We are forever grateful to the influence of the School on our lives , both academically and professionally.
It is indeed an atmosphere of Rerum Cognoscere Causas. Viva La LSE!