Students and the Purposes of Schooling

Public schools, however, do far more in every community big or small. They transmit social, political, and cultural values to young children and youth; they encourage groups to mingle in ways that segregated neighborhoods and gated communities cannot. They help children and youth grow emotionally and socially…

 Students are more than “brains on a stick” and schools are more than bricks-and-mortar.

via (post title: High Tech Blinders about Students and Purposes of Schooling)

Purposes of schooling … an important question, one that is not often asked, or is answered by a simple notion of job preparation. In this post Larry Cuban talks about online education, in doing so, his points about the importance of public schools to communities and their many purposes is interesting. All of us, and teacehrs in particular should reflect on this important question.