Is the core purpose of public education to ‘fix’ society?

Each decade seems to have a new social problem for schools to fix, be it climate change, social justice or donating money to refugees. Is this really the purpose of public education? What about the core mandate of student learning? I believe student learning is where schools should shine and yet where the issues have not been fully solved. Making sure all students succeed should be priority number one.

“How Public Schools Indoctrinate Kids Without Almost Anyone Noticing” by Auguste Meyrat, The Federalist, October 26, 2018

“Why are schools brainwashing our children?” by Cynthia Reynolds, Maclean’s, October 31, 2012

“Politicized Schools Are Radically Transforming Our Nation” by Jay Schalin, Tennessee Star, February 21, 2019

“Our Woefully Politicized Education Schools” by George Leef, National Review, February 20, 2019

“Kamloops parent says high school assignment used to push political views onto students” by John Hua, Global News, October 3, 2018

“Are public schools pushing a political agenda?” by Johnnelle Raines, The Standard, August 8, 2019

“Social justice miseducation in our schools” by J. Martin Rochester, Thomas B Fordham Institute, 2017


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