Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Missing Goal of Education?

NYTimes:
The [proposed national] standards, based on intensive research, reflect what students must know to succeed at college and to find good jobs in the 21st century

Conspicuously absent in this editorial, although I don't know if it is in the standards, is the idea that education has a broader purpose of educating people for citizenship and personal flourishing. Instead and unfortunately, it's always toward the end of either more education or economic returns. The former is almost always justified on the basis of accentuating the latter and so it's always about money.

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