What’s the purpose of education in the 21st century?

Debate about the purposes of education never seems to end.  Should young people become educated to get prepared to enter the workforce, or should the purpose of education be focused more on social, academic, cultural and intellectual development so that students can grow up to be engaged citizens?

… But it doesn’t have to be either-or.  Education should prepare young people for life, work and citizenship.

… No matter what progress is made to shift the practices and content of daily classroom instruction, inequity will continue to be a substantial limiting factor. Application of the systems thinking that characterizes progress in science and engineering to education policy means that real sustainable improvement depends on addressing inequity in areas such as well-paid employment, health care, food, and housing security. You can’t have one without the others.

Published on the Washington Post’s education blog, The Answer Sheet on February 12, 2015.

Read the full article online here: What’s the purpose of education in the 21st-century?_ – The Washington Post?

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