Adam wrote, "if the companies wanted to and had any moral obligation to take on this kind of responsibility"
I think teachers DO have the moral obligation to monitor student politics for warning signs, while of course companies don't. So there's a difference.
As a teacher, I have a sense of which of my students enjoy being on the fringes, being loners, and which don't. I was a loner in school, and I would have HATED for a teacher to try to get me inserted into the cohort political structure. On the other hand, I LOVED when teachers decided I was too lonely and took me under their wings.
I think you're overreading this; I think the idea, as described, is a good one, as long as the teacher is using it as a monitoring tool and is aware that all of her students are different.