ERIC Number: ED185684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-23
Reference Count: 0
What Are Schools For? An International Perspective.
Farquhar, Robin H.
In countries other than Canada, schools are used to accomplish four goals: manpower development (to develop skills needed to implement national policies); cultural survival (to prevent the loss of indigenous culture or language); social priorities (to accomplish social goals); and political purposes (to disseminate propaganda). In Canada, the school is not expected to fulfill these goals. Instead, there are a number of commonly perceived purposes for education such as providing custodial care, teaching the basics, developing the whole child, solving society's problems, job training, and teaching particular viewpoints. The primary purpose of the schools in Canada should be develop each child's cognitive capabilities. Schools today should not be held accountable for social, artistic, moral, and physical development. In the future, however, as more instruction is done at home by machine, the school will expand its role into that of provider of moral, emotional, and social support and provider of adult and leisure education. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Vancouver Island Branch, University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, February 1980).