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What’s the point of education?
October 28, 2010, 8:17 am
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That’s the question asked in this article.  Until we can answer that question our attempts to assess schools, teachers, and students will continue to be disconnected and criticized.

Is the only purpose to teach literacy and math skills? Or is it also to keep children occupied until they can be productive members of society? What about social skills? Morality? Nutrition? Physical fitness? Arts appreciation? Civic participation? And if you say that we need to do all of these to some degree how exactly would you go about proving that we’d done it?

Many claim that are schools are failing and base this claim on test scores. So we are failing at the literacy and math part. Are we failing at the civics part? Well, if you look at voter participation and knowledge of the system/issues we fail there too. Fitness and nutrition? Good lord, have you seen some of our children? How about the holding pen idea, that once they can be productive we turn them loose…check our drop our rates. We can’t even keep kids occupied!

I will admit that I don’t know where to go with this, I don’t know if I think this means we ditch standards and let teachers work on keeping kids engaged and interested  or if we need more standards and more measurements. But I do know that when we try to be all things to all people we all fail. Always.


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