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The Purpose Of Education

by Tom Campbell - 2008

Many would define the purpose of education by using specific outcomes, such as being able to form a proper sentence, knowing the basics of math, reading classic literature or understanding history. These are functions or a process of education, but not the ultimate purpose. One should be able to explain how a person benefits from education to find a true answer to the question. After much research, I found former North Carolina House Speaker Joe Mavreticís definition most helpful. He says the purpose of a system of public education is to graduate good citizens who have the necessary skills demanded in the marketplace and the capacity to enjoy contemporary society.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 254-255
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22905, Date Accessed: 9/22/2021 7:57:45 AM

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  • Tom Campbell
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    Tom Campbell is former Assistant Treasurer for the State of North Carolina and is the producer and moderator of NC SPIN, a statewide TV and radio talk show distributed across North Carolina. Contact him at tomcamp@carolinabroadcasting.com. This commentary was originally posted on http://www.ncspin.com/ on March 20, 2008. It is reprinted here with permission of the author.
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