Is the Purpose of Education to Prepare Students for Jobs?

Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls

“What is the purpose of public education? If you agree with Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, you’d say the purpose is vocational — to prepare students for the workforce. … Kehoe is promoting a very specific educational philosophy … and it is an educational philosophy that not everyone holds. Noted professor and philosopher, Mortimer J. Adler … wrote in 1951, ‘Vocational training is learning for the sake of earning.’ On the other hand, Adler also said ‘School is a place of learning for the sake of learning, not for the sake of earning.’ Adler promoted what we call the ‘liberal’ view of schooling. This view, not to be confused with the modern political conception, suggests that the purpose of schooling is to cultivate those skills which are common and necessary for the development of all people.” (11/17/22)