A few weeks ago my oldest daughter was going through the annual standardized testing. This lead to an interesting conversation between a fourth grader & her dad. It went something like this:
Daughter: Dad, can you make me a good breakfast? I have to eat properly so I can do well on my test.
Dad: Why do you have to do well on your test?
Daughter: So I can get into the right programs…so I can go to a good college.
Dad: Why do you have to go to a good college?
Daughter: So I can get a good job.
Dad: Why do you need a good job?
Daughter: Dad, you don’t want me to live on the streets do you?
That interaction is loaded with all sorts of things that need to be addressed, but for today let us just focus on one simple question.
Is the purpose of education to simply get a good job? Or is the purpose of education to actually learn?
Have at it…