What is the Purpose of Schooling?
It is most appropriate to begin the blog with this question so that we can begin to frame the issues.
My response is that the purpose of schooling is to teach people about people, but I have heard more detailed responses directed at specific skills/ideologies to be learned. Dr. Lorraine Monroe, founder of the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem said plainly that "the purpose of the school is to train the brain." What do you think the purpose of schooling is?
Some of the best recommended readings (from the sidebar):
-Anyon, J. (1981)
-Anyon, J. (2005)
-Graham, P. (1984)
-Murnane, R. & Levy, F. (1996)
-Garcia, V. & Colleagues. (2006)
-Merseth, K., Schorr, L. & Elmore, R. (1999)
-Sarason, S. (1996)
-Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills.