At the end of that entry, I had the nerve to say that I believe the purpose of education is to prepare students for life. Then, I thought: “Not so fast young lady— a purpose has to be clearly defined, remember?” Lucky for me, I’ve already written a weblog entry in which I’ve done just that. So I will use it to help me out here…...No sense reinventing the wheel.
In Robinson’s Weblog #012: Poor Poor Common Core Part One: What's All The Hullabaloo About? I wrote about the need to teach our students to: read with understanding, distinguish evidence from opinion, reason thoughtfully through problems and issues, and go beyond simply making claims to communicating arguments based on evidence. These skills will enable them to critically consume and communicate information and make decisions based on evidence. This is essential to their participation in public policy and for their overall success in life.
So that’s it. I believe the purpose of education is to prepare students for life—that is to ensure that all students are critical consumers and proficient communicators of information, and are able to make decisions based on evidence.