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  • To teach students a core curriculum (e.g. basic math, reading, science, history)

    28 63.64%
  • To teach students useful life skills (e.g. health, sex education, work ethic, personal finance)

    4 9.09%
  • To enable students to find jobs after they’re done with their education

    2 4.55%
  • To produce students that can outscore other nations on exams

    1 2.27%
  • To instill moral and/or religious values in students

    0 0%
  • To instill patriotism and/or good citizenship in students

    1 2.27%
  • To help students lead happy lives

    1 2.27%
  • To keep minors busy so they don’t get into trouble

    0 0%
  • To identify the students most likely to become future leaders

    0 0%
  • Other (please specify)

    7 15.91%
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny View Post
    Are you advocating no public school at all or the fed government staying out of it (abolish Dept of Ed) and turn education back to each state?

    My stance is the latter. I'm curious as to yours.
    None at all.
    Way to much incentive for abuse.

    If a county or city wants to establish a school, fine but it must not be compulsory.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    You could be right, Mega. I haven't given it much thought. It seems to me, though, that if children are encouraged to be curious and rewarded for creative thinking they stand a good chance of finding that personality trait within themselves.
    I think to have a good environment where students can explore their creativity, we would probably have to have something like a 1:5 student to teacher ratio, due the face time that would be necessary. That would be very expensive and is probably not practical.

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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I think to have a good environment where students can explore their creativity, we would probably have to have something like a 1:5 student to teacher ratio, due the face time that would be necessary. That would be very expensive and is probably not practical.
    *Shrug* Maybe it'd take that kind of intense one-on-one; but just presenting a problem and asking for "hands up" possible solutions would be a great and easy way to start. That's more the creativity I'm talking about.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    *Shrug* Maybe it'd take that kind of intense one-on-one; but just presenting a problem and asking for "hands up" possible solutions would be a great and easy way to start. That's more the creativity I'm talking about.
    The students who already have the skills at independent thinking would be the ones to raise hands. Plus you have problems of peer pressure, social discomfort, etc.

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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    To teach students critical thinking skills
    Nailed it. That and fundamentals like reading, writing, etc.

    ETA: This is assuming we should have schools at all in the form we currently know. Some would argue that they're designed to discourage critical thinking, and if as I suspect this is true, I'm not sure they can be reformed.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Other: The primary function should be to teach children that we should abolish the idea of a compulsory education.
    After we get rid of compulsory detainment in our education system the primary purposes should be in this order

    1) Prepare children for life by teaching things like and most certainly not unlimited to the operation and maintenance of car, first aide, understanding how to work as a team, survival training, fire safety, gun safety, uniforms / dress code (sorry, I don't believe clothes makes you into an individual and such a notion is invalid) and many other things that make you into an experienced well equipped individual and not just some helpless useless book worm and math whiz.

    2) Reading, Writing and Basic Math.

    3) Learning history should be a side effect, not a subject in and of itself.


    The education system should AVOID preparing kids for college. If a child shows that he/she can be an asset to academia after given the opportunity to display such an intellectual prowess for it then that child and his/her parents should join programs that prepare that child for an academic career.

    The outscoring of other nations is a wasteful goal that only perpetuates national pride or create even more shame for the nation that they already have from social curriculum should the nation not score well.

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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    I wish schools had uniforms in the states as well. It puts tge kids on equal footing when they look the same. Then it's a matter of keeping your uniform clean. As opposed to getting ragged on by kids with the nice clothes.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    It is difficult to pick one. I like the first choice if you add the arts. I think that someone who is well educated should have knowledge of the items in the second choice but I don't think those things are really the responsibility of the school. I also think that a good education teaches a person how to learn. We should be learning our entire lives. If most those of us over 40 had stopped learning after high school we certainly wouldn't posting to this forum using this strange looking typewriter in front of some sort of weird TV.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    A system that directs students into higher education or vocational training.

    Every student should graduate high school with the skills to pursue a particular career path.
    Last edited by RightinNYC; 08-16-10 at 02:06 PM.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    1) To teach students a core curriculum (e.g. basic math, reading, science, history)
    Real Math, Real Reading, Real Science, and Real History. The public schools fail at teaching all the above.

    2) To teach students useful life skills (e.g. health, sex education, work ethic, personal finance).
    Sex education isn't something schools really need to teach. Most students have something resembling a parent. That's their job.
    Nor is work ethic. They should be able to learn work ethic simply by repeating the fourth grade three times or more until they learn to do their homework properly and on time.
    "Personal finance" is a subset of the basic accounting class all students should pass before they get a diploma.

    3) To enable students to find jobs after they’re done with their education.
    Today's schools do this just fine. However, the high school graduates and their skillset from the public schools are out competed by the similarly skilled invaders from Mexico.

    What I don't see listed is "how to reason coherently and how to discern truth from lie, and why truth is preferable" as one of the choices.

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