View Poll Results: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

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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?

    I have not read all of the responses to this question, but to offer my own humble opinion, I feel that the core disciplines are what the public school system should be teaching our children. School is to educate and prepare for college, not teach social and other lessons that should be taught by parents. If we could get publiv school back to the place where kids learn how to do the core disciplines, and not simply study for a standardized test, then the US would once again be competitive with the world. Currently our schools have delved into teaching far more than they were designed to do, thus the problem. Teach reading, writing, and math and let parents handle the rest. Parents, stop being lazy!

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

    Education should aim for preparation for life as an adult, a self sustaining adult.
    Critical thinking, I am afraid, would be heavy on being critical of opposing views and light on actual thinking, if it is taught by those who are already brain-washed by their political slant.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Provide the opportunity for an education. Period. Offer quality classes and quality instruction. Allow little Johnny the opportunity to succeed or fail. TEACH. Dont indoctrinate, dont usurp the roles of parents, dont sacrifice the majority because the occasional asshole wants to be disruptive.

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

    I've always felt like it was the rule of the school to give my kids a core education in basic subjects. It's up to me, as a parent, to teach them to think critically, to help them develop a work ethic, to develop their core values, and to teach them to be self-sufficient.

    I'd say that the schools can expand their mission when they've mastered Item #1. Which, from all appearances, is a long ways in the future.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I've always felt like it was the rule of the school to give my kids a core education in basic subjects. It's up to me, as a parent, to teach them to think critically, to help them develop a work ethic, to develop their core values, and to teach them to be self-sufficient.

    I'd say that the schools can expand their mission when they've mastered Item #1. Which, from all appearances, is a long ways in the future.
    Amen. Having schools assuming the role of responsible parent is not unlike having congress preaching fiscal responsibility to citizens. Start with doing their job...go from there...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    I chose the first option, however I think the second one also applies. This poll should multiple choices.
    I chose the second option because if a person has no idea on how to survive life, of what use are educational learnings.

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

    I say all of the above. USA! USA! USA!
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Provide the opportunity for an education. Period. Offer quality classes and quality instruction. Allow little Johnny the opportunity to succeed or fail. TEACH. Dont indoctrinate, dont usurp the roles of parents, dont sacrifice the majority because the occasional asshole wants to be disruptive.
    What do you think should be done by society, or by anyone, if a parent is failing in their duties to educate their children on non-academic things?
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    I ain't got squat. And my children aren't identical little cogs in bureaucrat's dream of getting rich by investing in a school uniform franchise.

    School uniforms do nothing but make kids wear clothes that look similar.

    That's it.

    The rich ones will still flaunt their wealth, the same way they've aways done, with their mouths.

    The gangbangers will still flash their secret hand signals.

    The smart ones will still be ostracized by the jocks, and the girls are still going to know who the rich ones are and who the geeks are.

    Clothing does not make the man.

    What uniforms do provide is a layer of control incompetent bureaucrats can point to and say they're doing something to fix what can't be fixed with clothing.

    School got a gang problem? The solution is the have the criminals arrested and put into jail or reform schools, and otherwise removed from contact with students who go to school to learn.

    School got an income-gap problem? Then the school needs to teach the students that they have to tolerate each other while at school, without conflict, without violence, without disruption of the job they were sent to the school to do, which is to learn. One of the things children need to be taught in a modern society is that even when you're sitting next to someone who looks totally stupid with the six-inch gauge in his ear and the stainless chicken bone through his nose, you can't be starting a fight with him. And how are they going to learn that when the school is teaching them that the government can force everyone to wear the same clothes?

    Uniforms do not do what schools need to do. They're merely a mask to cover incompetence in the school administration and a cover for weak parents who can't make their children behave appropriately. Incompetent school administrators should be fired,. The children of good parents should not be penalized because other children have weak parents.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    I have often felt that if our system would drop many of the courses and curriculum I see as unnecessary we could have all the basics taught by grade 6. From there we could move on to teaching them more specific fields that are of interest to the child (much like collage). Instead we try a very broad approach to try and insure that a student has some knowledge in fields that child has no interest in pursuing and will likely never use.

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