What is school for?

Seth Godin is a marketeer and prolific generator of ideas.  His blog often has interesting  nuggets about education. The purpose of school is to….here’s  his first ten of 27 answers. Any you would like to add? Remove? (My personal favorite is number 23 – sandwiched in between the sublimely lofty and the tongue-in-cheek – Minimize public spelling mistakes

So, here’s  Seth Godin’s starter list. The purpose of school is to:

  1. Become an informed citizen
  2. Be able to read for pleasure
  3. Be trained in the rudimentary skills necessary for employment
  4. Do well on standardized tests
  5. Homogenize society, at least a bit
  6. Pasteurize out the dangerous ideas
  7. Give kids something to do while parents work
  8. Teach future citizens how to conform
  9. Teach future consumers how to desire
  10. Build a social fabric

Go to his blog (amusing url too) to see the others on his list and let him know what you think of it.

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