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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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    What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    What do you think should be the primary purpose of our education system? As I see it, part of the problem we have with our schools is that no one is really able to articulate the goal we are trying to achieve, so we can't measure how successful our schools are. I'm curious as to how much our opinions on this subject diverge from one another.

    (This poll isn't a trick question or anything with a hidden political agenda.)
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    1. To teach students a core curriculum.
    2. To teach life skills such as personal finance and the like.
    3. To teach kids the law, their rights, and real unedited history.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    What do you think should be the primary purpose of our education system? As I see it, part of the problem we have with our schools is that no one is really able to articulate the goal we are trying to achieve, so we can't measure how successful our schools are.
    Well, I can easily tell you what the minimum is: when someone graduates from high school, they should have learned all the basic life skills for self-sufficiency. Hopefully, they've learned what it will take to succeed in life...maybe for some it's more education, for others it's a trade, for still others it's entrepreneurship. They should know how to balance a checkbook. How credit cards work. How important their credit score is. The real truth about buying on credit. The importance of saving for the future. For those who aren't going on in school, they should be taught interviewing skills and how to go out an actually get a job. By the time someone gets out of high school, they should possess some real interpersonal communication and relationship skills. They should have a good command of the English language, know how to spell, write an intelligent essay. They should be taught the importance of volunteering and civic responsibility.

    Students should be exposed to different careers; I think they still do that with 'career day,' but it shouldn't be a once a year program, it should be ongoing. There ought to be classes on "how to think outside the box," real creative problem-solving.

    Schools should have a way of identifying those exceptional youngsters who will excel at math or science; language; the arts. Those talents should be developed and encouraged. Those who show an affinity for working with their hands should be given opportunities to explore those avenues.

    I guess I'm saying lots of opportunity. Plus, of course, the basics. College can take 'em from there -- for those who choose to attend. For those who can't go to college or don't want to go to college, they'll be much better prepared to face the real world. I could think of a lot more, but I'd better stop.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    This is based on the premise that I think we should have a public education system (which I don't).

    It should exist to teach basic reading and math.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    The primary goal of education should be core curriculum(math,history, science, english/reading). Our constitution, constitutional rights and why the authors of everyone of those amendments were created should be a part of history in the core curriculum.

    Things like work ethic, personal finance should be the second goal.

    All of these are used to help you find a job, to further your education and to ensure that you know your constitutional rights.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    I chose the first option, however I think the second one also applies. This poll should multiple choices.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Well, I can easily tell you what the minimum is: when someone graduates from high school, they should have learned all the basic life skills for self-sufficiency. Hopefully, they've learned what it will take to succeed in life...maybe for some it's more education, for others it's a trade, for still others it's entrepreneurship. They should know how to balance a checkbook. How credit cards work. How important their credit score is. The real truth about buying on credit. The importance of saving for the future. For those who aren't going on in school, they should be taught interviewing skills and how to go out an actually get a job. By the time someone gets out of high school, they should possess some real interpersonal communication and relationship skills. They should have a good command of the English language, know how to spell, write an intelligent essay. They should be taught the importance of volunteering and civic responsibility.

    Students should be exposed to different careers; I think they still do that with 'career day,' but it shouldn't be a once a year program, it should be ongoing. There ought to be classes on "how to think outside the box," real creative problem-solving.

    Schools should have a way of identifying those exceptional youngsters who will excel at math or science; language; the arts. Those talents should be developed and encouraged. Those who show an affinity for working with their hands should be given opportunities to explore those avenues.

    I guess I'm saying lots of opportunity. Plus, of course, the basics. College can take 'em from there -- for those who choose to attend. For those who can't go to college or don't want to go to college, they'll be much better prepared to face the real world. I could think of a lot more, but I'd better stop.
    I am of the opinion that skills such as creative thinking, risk-taking, and what not are things that are personality traits and can be learned, but not taught.

    I think we should teach them primarily math, science, and english skills and let those who are predisposed be the ones who rise to the top. The rest can fill the other segments of society.

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

    To teach students critical thinking skills
    To identify specific needs of each student, and help them best succeed*
    To help students prepare for life on their own
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I am of the opinion that skills such as creative thinking, risk-taking, and what not are things that are personality traits and can be learned, but not taught.

    I think we should teach them primarily math, science, and english skills and let those who are predisposed be the ones who rise to the top. The rest can fill the other segments of society.
    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.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    This is based on the premise that I think we should have a public education system (which I don't).

    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.
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