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.


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