Americans disagree on overall goal of education | School brief

Sep 28, 2016

Is the role of our public school system to provide academics, prepare children for work, or of citizenship?

A recent national survey conducted for Phi Delta Kappa International shows that there is no consensus within the American public about the role of the nation’s public schools, with fewer than half saying that academic achievement should be emphasized instead of preparing students for work or to be good citizens.

Only 45 percent of the adults responding to the annual survey say the main goal of public education should be preparing students academically.

Indeed, when given a direct choice, 68 percent said it was better for their local public schools to have more career-technical or skills-based classes than more honors or advanced academic classes.

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