Everyone’s talking about education these days and what is a good education, what makes a good teacher and why are American students behind other countries’ students? What does “behind” really mean? And why are we so focused on science and math when only a handful of students will ever really excel at it? Are there really that many careers that are only focused on general science and math anyway? I thought the genius of our education system was the concept of free education for all, not just for the children of the wealthy and that this “education for all” was a way to  prepare the citizenry to participate in democracy. Remember those lessons about needing to read and write and think so you could be involved in the decisions that face our country? Is it now just about job preparedness?  Does this focus on math and science test scores and the gap between more affluent and less (or code for race) just created a more fractured and separate society?
Something Else  A few views on liberal education
“Those persons, whom nature has endowed with genius and virtue, should be rendered by liberal education worthy to receive, and able to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens; and . . . they should be called to that charge without regard to wealth, birth or other accidental condition or circumstance.” –Thomas Jefferson, 1779