The Purpose Of Education

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The common good refers to the advantage of all people in society. The purpose of education is to prepare students with the life skills they need to be better citizens when they become adults. Most schools promote the idea of the common good in their mission statements. My school mission statement is, “The mission of the Wadsworth City Schools, in cooperation with families, school personnel, and community, is to provide an education in a safe environment that will enable all students to reach their highest potential” (Wadsworth City Schools). This mission promotes the common good by wanting students to reach their highest potential. However, some students do not reach their highest potential because many public schools are failing their…show more content…
In Madeleine Sackler’s documentary, The Lottery (2010), prison building companies look at failing public schools and view the number of deteriorating 4th and 5th graders to determine the size of the new prisons. So, prisons look at failing schools and determine how many children are going to end up in jail when they become adults. Parents in this situation could take advantage of charter schools and private schools to provide their children with a better education and possibly stop their children from ending up in prison. If these children leave failing districts and enter a new school, they could become better students and citizens for our society after graduation, thus promoting the common good.
Majority of public district schools have teachers that are apart of teachers’ unions. Unions are meant to protect their members, but many teachers are doing a poor job educating their students, but they can’t be fired because they are union members (personal communication, Ruth Joy, 2017). In New York City, tenured teachers- teachers who can’t be fired because of the amount of time they have had this occupation- are at a high. According to Sackler’s The Lottery (2010), in 2008 there were over 55,000 tenured teachers, but only 10 were fired. In Steven Brill’s article, The Rubber Room (2009), a majority of those other tenured teachers were placed into Rubber Rooms
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