When any industry fills itself with middle managers, those middle managers will quite naturally work to justify their own existence. The less their own existence is inherently necessary, the harder they will work to appear to be necessary. An editor who looks over a story and declares it to be fine is not demonstrating his own necessity. He is therefore placing himself in danger of being seen as unnecessary. Editors, therefore, tend to edit. Whether it is necessary or not.
Letting the kids do their own meal planning? Hugely unhealthy. Nocturnal schedules? Total disaster. Spending two months homeschooling solely on the subject of auto repair? Extremely regrettable. You can say what you will about my parenting approach, but you can’t argue with the results: zero progress, if not massive developmental steps backward.