Main Goal of Public School Education?
What do you think should be the main goal of a public school education: to prepare students academically, to prepare them for work, or to prepare them to be good citizens? When a national sample of Americans was asked this question by Phi Delta Kappan, fewer than half (45%) reported they view the main goal of public education as preparing students academically. The rest are split between a focus on preparing students for work (25%) or preparing them to be good citizens (26%). The 48th annual PDK survey is based on a random, representative, 50-state sample of 1,221 adults interviewed by cell or landline telephone, in English or Spanish, in April and May 2016.