Education in the US: What?s our Purpose?

Fifty years ago, the mission of American education was to create "good citizens." In addition to the three 'R's, children were taught music, art, and poetry; about decorum and civics; and about duty to country and service to others. Today, many schools are eliminating these "soft" subjects so they have more time for literacy, math, and science. Is that enough? Will that prepare them for a globalized World, where jobs and opportunities shift with lightning speed? Does focusing on the "hard" subjects hamper the ability to think critically and creatively? This panel will bring together educators and policymakers to discuss the changing needs of education in the US. Richard H. Brodhead, Mike Feinberg, Joel I. Klein, Anthony W. Marx discuss with David Bradley.

Festival: 2006

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