Is Education meant to educate a Citizen of our State and Republic? Or is the major thrust of Education simply to prepare someone to enter the workforce in some capacity? It is a question, as NH is wrestling with Town Meetings and First/Second Deliberative Sessions (the latter if you are in an SB2 style town), that should be on the minds of the electorate as they look at their school district budgets. Often, we look at grades, graduation rates, NEAP, and other standardized test scores – how are we doing?
Wrong question – the right one should be “how are we doing in achieving the goal of what we want education to do?” I’m not so sure enough (er, if any) are asking that question at all. Is it the role of education simply to prepare someone to become a cog into the “social machine” that drives a Progressive/collective outlook (“everyone for our collective economy!”) or is it one of “do we need citizens that can take their place and help guide our Republic?
We delved into these questions just a bit – in a future interview, we’ll revisit this in more detail: