This is a story from 1999 but still a relevant and important discussion on the goals of public education. Lot's of big names in educational thinking represented....check it out.
Education on NPR
All Things Considered, September 7, 1999 · A new poll on education by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government shows that there's no consensus among Americans on the underlying purpose of education. This isn't unusual. The debate has been around since public schools first started. NPR's Pam Fessler reports on what the debate is all about.