When our public education system was created in the 19th century, its goal, quite explicitly, was to produce obedient and orderly factory workers to fill the new jobs being created by the Industrial Revolution. Those jobs are mostly gone now, and the needs of the 21st century are not the needs of the 19th. Perhaps there’s still a role for teaching children to sit up straight and form lines, but perhaps not . Certainly the rapidly increasing willingness of parents to try homeschooling , charter schools, online schools, and other alternative approaches suggests that a lot of people are unhappy with the status quo.
Quote ID: 01039
Glenn Harlan Reynolds
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